How to get on with your new flatmates, according to current students
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As the hectic first few weeks at university draw to a close, it’s time to get into a routine that will see you happily through first year and beyond – and part of that is learning how to live comfortably with people who aren’t your parents or siblings. Whilst settling in to university halls or a shared house can be hard, there are a few simple things that you can do to make life easier for everyone – including yourself – and to ensure that your new flatmates don’t become enemies even before the first term has ended. Current and former students from the University of Bradford have shared their hard-earned advice on moving out of home and sharing accommodation with others – and their top piece of advice is that you really do need to keep your living space clean and tidy. Recent graduate and current MA student Rob Hartley told us that “Tidying up after yourself and doing your dishes is one of the quickest and easiest things you can do to maintain peaceful housemate relations, but it also one of the hardest things to motivate yourself to do! “Studying, socialising, and making the most of sports clubs and societies and the city can quickly take priority over vacuuming and taking the rubbish out.” The students and alumni who participated in the survey also suggested making a rota for cooking and cleaning, and buying shared cleaning products to avoid arguments.
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