Choosing housemates in student accommodation

Choosing housemates in student accommodation Choosing housemates

You’ll spend around 70% of your time with your housemates in student accommodation, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’ll get on.

Choose wisely

If it feels a bit strange and selfish to be picky about housemates to rent with, remember you’ll be spending a year with them. Differences in lifestyle can and will be a source of conflict in your accommodation, so get your priorities right:

  • Are you more interested in partying than working or vice versa?
  • Are you messy? Are your housemates messy?
  • Do you need privacy or are you comfortable to leave your door open?
  • Early bird or late owl? Will you disturb your housemates with your drunken antics at 3 in the morning?
  • Pet lovers should check if Truffles the rabbit and Dave the cat will be welcomed by other housemates?

Be honest about your interests and what you want out of a housemate. If there are too many differences, you may need to think again.

It may turn out better not to share with a friend and keep the friendship healthy, rather than risk a big falling out.


Relationships are probably best avoided, no matter how well you get on, as the relationship may not last as long as your tenancy agreement. Take care too with existing girlfriends and boyfriends, even if you want to live with each other at the time. The fall out after a break up can cause big problems for everyone in the house, so be careful.

The top 5 student accommodation fall-outs

  1. Bills
  2. Food
  3. Cleaning
  4. Noise
  5. Personality clashes

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