Living with friends when you’re a student is fun and rewarding, and really enhances your student experience.
It’s natural to feel apprehensive about taking the leap from Halls of Residence to a shared student property, so the Roseworth Student Lettings team has put together some advice based on common concerns students have.
Finding a student property for a large group in Newcastle
University is a great time for connecting with new people and if you’ve made a big group of friends it makes perfect sense to want to live together next year!
If you have a large group of people wanting to live together, we advise you start your search early - especially if you need a 6, 7 or 8 bed property.
Before beginning your search you might want to consider the following questions:
- Do we want to be in a flat or a house?
- What is our budget for rent and utility bills?
- Which student area of Newcastle would we like to live in?
This gives you a starting point for your discussions, and will help you to focus your search - you have a lot of people to please, afterall!
At Roseworth, we have a range of properties in Newcastle suitable for larger groups of students, in the city centre, Jesmond and Sandyford. You can also browse our full range of properties to see everything that’s on offer.
How to handle untidy housemates
Living away from home is an amazing feeling, and with no one to tell you to hang up your coat or tidy your room, the freedom can be a breath of fresh air.
But how do you cope when the few dirty dishes have turned into a mountain of mess and things are getting a little out of control? Knowing how to deal with untidy student housemates is an essential part of university living, so try following these tips:
Learn to compromise
Remember that everyone has a different idea of what ‘tidy’ is. If little things are irritating, ask yourself if it's something you can live with. A few shoes scattered across the hallway isn't too important, compared to a nasty smell coming from your housemate's bedroom. Decide together as a group what an acceptable level of cleanliness is.
Set up a cleaning kitty
Set up a kitty amongst your housemates to buy cleaning products. Having all the cleaning essentials within easy reach in your student house or flat should hopefully encourage people to use them, especially if they've been paid for out of their own pocket!
Encourage regular communication with your student flatmates. Monthly pizza nights are a great way to come together and bring up any issues you may have. It could be that others feel the same way as you, or that the messy person doesn't realise the problems they're causing. Try to avoid talking behind your housemate's back and leaving passive aggressive notes – no one wants to live in an awkward student house-share environment.
Set aside time and do the cleaning together
Yes, it may seem a little dull, but the only way to really ensure a happy student home is to make sure that everyone helps out with the tidying and cleaning. Pick one day every week when you take a rest from university work and you all blitz your house cleaning together. A quick Sunday afternoon clean followed by beer and Netflix could work well, or failing that a weekly cleaning rota is a good way to ensure everyone contributes. Ideally communal areas of your student property like the kitchen, bathroom and living room should be cleaned once a week and bins should be emptied regularly to avoid nasty smells.
Coping with noisy neighbours
You can pick the student property of your dreams, but unfortunately you can’t always pick your neighbours. Hopefully, you will have kind and thoughtful neighbours, but if you do struggle with noise, there are plenty of things you can do to address the situation:
- Try talking with the person(s) about the noise that they are creating. The chances are that they will not be aware of the noise that they are making, and drawing their attention to it will be enough to make it stop.
- If after speaking with them, the noise does not improve, start keeping diary logs with details such as the address of the property causing the noise, the type of noise that is being created and dates and times that the noise is happening.
- Contact the Roseworth Student Lettings team on 0191 222 1225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our friendly main office staff will advise of our course of action.
- Final stage would be to contact the Noise Pollution Team at Newcastle City Council on 0191 2787878 or email email@example.com. The telephone line is operational five days a week from 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Calls received after this time will be dealt with by a 24 hour call centre and sent to a team for investigation the following day. The council will ask you to provide your diary notes and the council officer will consider factors such as the type of noise, how loud it is, how often and what time it occurs. Noise monitoring of the problem will be then be carried out at your home and you will be advised what further action will happen. Please note that if you believe the noise relates to antisocial behaviour, you may be signposted to Northumbria Police on 101.
Keeping your student property secure
When you are responsible for your own home, you’re also responsible for keeping your property and belongings safe.
With an average of four homes burgled in Newcastle upon Tyne every day, we are asking our student tenants to become extra vigilant. Students own more expensive consumer goods per head than the rest of the population (70% of students own a computer or laptop and 86% have a mobile phone) which makes student homes more attractive.
To keep your student property secure, make sure you do the following:
- Keep the front and back doors locked at all times, even if you are inside the property
- Consider having lights on timers to make it look like you’re at home, even if you’re not
- Keep high value products out of view from street level
- Make sure you have contents insurance as an added protection
Should you find yourself a victim of a crime, please ensure that you put your own personal safety first. Do not enter the property but call the Police on 999 or 101 for non emergencies.
We hope you have found this guide useful. If you have any questions about renting a property with Roseworth, please contact our office on 0191 222 1225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.