Tags – Guide to First Few Days In Student Accommodation


The time has come.

You’ve been accepted to your dream university course and it is almost time to move out of your family home and begin student life.

Settling into university life can be quite the challenge.

Meeting strangers and committing to living with them can often be a strange and awkward time for everyone.

Fear not!

This guide will prepare you with tips on how you can settle into your new student home during the first few jittery days.


Don’t Badger Your New Housemates

As exciting as it is to meet your new housemates, no one wants to be badgered with questions as soon as they’ve walked through the door with their arms full of boxes.

Understandably, you will want to know everything about who you are going to be living with.

But, it is better to allow your new housemates to unpack, recoup and settle in first.

Doing so, will create a relaxed atmosphere in your new home.

When the time is right, give each housemate some of your time and attention and begin building those connections – be open and honest 

Don’t worry if you are nervous; this is completely normal and will pass as time goes on.


Set Ground Rules

To avoid conflict later on in the year, it’s a good idea to set some ground rules at the beginning.

For instance, you can all sit in the kitchen and assign storage space in cupboards and fridges.

Doing so will avoid confusion and everyone knows where they can put their things.

Let’s say a few months have passed and you realise you need more space.

Simply have a conversation with your housemates and communicate your issues to resolve them as quickly as possible.


Divide The Chores

You may have gotten away with washing the dishes at home, but now you’re an independent student living with new people.

Ensure you and your housemates are on the same page when it comes to cleaning.

Perhaps you could set a cleaning rota.

Don’t worry, a cleaning rota does not have to be super detailed.

Instead, set out weekly, manageable tasks and assign them to each housemate.

For example, kitchen tasks could include:

  • Sweeping and mopping the floor
  • Cleaning worktops
  • Wiping down the dining table
  • Clean the fridge
  • Clean the oven

If cleaning enthusiasm is lacking in all your housemates, call a meeting and discuss ideas on how you can all work together to avoid a messy house!


Of course, there’s a lot you can do to settle in and befriend your housemates.

As long as you are polite and respectful, you have nothing to worry about.

As mentioned above, communicate clearly with your housemates, set ground rules from the beginning and split house chores – the rest will fall into place!


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