Sharing space with student flatmates can be challenging even more so if this is your first time away from home living with people who are not family. The majority of flatmate conflicts include eating food that does not belong to them, being untidy, respecting personal space, having uninvited guests who end up staying for weeks or months and noise.
We suggest that ground rules are set when you all first move in together therefore you will all be on the same page from the start.
Respect personal space and boundaries
- As a suggestion, do not go into your flatmates room when they are not home and do not use or borrow anything of theirs without firstly asking. If your flatmate has been taking your stuff without asking, have a chat with him / her asap as they may have assumed that it was okay with you. Be clear about what you are willing to share.
Conflict should not arise if you all communicate, respect boundaries, don’t be a borrower, keep your space clean, be willing to listen and change and have fun!
As my mum always used to say Ã¢â‚¬Å“treat others how you expect to be treated yourselfÃ¢â‚¬Â. When something is bothering you, tell your flatmate in a clear but polite way rather than letting bad feelings fester!
Should you need any student friendly advice please pop into our Roseworth office or give us a call on 0191 222 1225