Flatting can be a great way to meet new people or to really firm up your existing friendships. Moving into a flat with people you don’t know well (or even at all) helps you to meet people you may otherwise never have met.
It pays to have things in common with your proposed flatmates, maybe study at university or polytech, or similar sorts and stages of work. This helps keep the flat together and working in a friendly way. If you have hooked up with new friends in a hostel, it makes sense to want to flat with them the following year.
While living with friends may sound like a great idea, when you have to share the bathroom, do housework, cook and pay the bills, friendships can get strained. Being friends should make it easier to talk about things that need to be done at the flat, and like a lot of situations, honesty and openness will solve a lot of problems.
Make your room your own sanctuary. It’s the one place in the house that is yours and only yours. Flatting requires some flexibility, some compassion, lots of sharing and lots of tolerance. When its good, flatting can be great.
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