How to choose the right housemates

Deciding who to live with is always a difficult process and there are multiple things that you should consider. You may be stuck between friendship groups or fulfilling a promise to a coursemate, but you can’t say yes to everybody. Here is our advice:  

Think about what you want your academic year to look like  

Whether you want an active social life or a year to focus on your studies, these factors are fundamental when deciding who you want to live with.  

If you want an active social life, you may not want to live with someone with a huge workload and vice versa. How you aim to approach the upcoming year is important, as you don’t want to clash with your housemates. Be honest and ask so that you are all on the same page.  

Be honest and speak up 

At this point in time, you have more than likely spent a number of months living with your current housemates. If you haven’t felt a connection with them, don’t rush into a new contract because you feel like you have to.  

It's more common than you think! The new year will come around and you’ll regret being polite. Choose to live with like-minded people that you enjoy spending time with, as harsh as it may initially seem.  

Look into living with coursemates  

Course mates are often chosen as housemates as you not only share similar interests but your schedules won’t clash, either. This is particularly important for those doing intense courses like medicine, which requires substantial study time and often less time enjoying the nightlife.  

What should I do if I can’t find anyone to live with?  

Don’t panic if you can’t find housemates, turn to pages like ‘Overheard’ on Facebook. There will be many posts from others in your situation and looking for housemates. Take a look, and if you find people that you feel will fit, message them and try to organise a meeting at a café or university campus.  

Alternatively, some households will inform the university that they have a space. Contact university support for more information.  

Make yourself your number one priority  

In a situation like this, you need to put yourself first and being honest with yourself and others is the only way to ensure everyone is kept happy. You need to opt for housemates who fit your lifestyle, interests, and avoid those who you may have issues with down the line. 

Once you have chosen your ideal housemates, we’re here every step of the way to ensure you find the best property for your needs. Get in touch with us by calling 01792 600 227 or contact us via email at 

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