How to survive dating your housemate
25th February 2013
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Maybe it’s because we’re surrounded by peers with the same interests as us, or maybe it’s just because we’re terrified about where our lives are going after graduating. Whatever the reason is, almost everyone’s hooking up at university. But what if you’ve ended up living with your boyfriend/girlfriend in student housing? Perhaps you became friends with them in the first year and a big group of you decided to get a house together next year, before things started heating up? Or maybe it was intentional. You love each other, right? So what’s the problem with living together? However, sometimes it’s tricky. Want your relationship to survive your living arrangements? Here’s how… The Big Arguments There’s no point denying it happens; every couple argues. But shouting at each other can get a bit uncomfortable for your other housemates. First, make sure you don’t involve them in on the argument. This is a given, I know, but it’s sometimes hard to resist asking your friend to back you up. Hold yourself back though, or the whole house will be at each other’s throats. Second, if the entire house can hear you screaming at each other it’ll make them feel extremely awkward. Just like at school, if you can’t use inside voices you’ve got to go outside. Go for a walk. Go somewhere you can really tear each other to shreds. Don’t make your housemates feel bad for hearing your problems. Remember: they’re friends with both of you and can’t take sides.
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