Living with roommates in halls or a shared house is a new experience for most people at university. It’s not always easy and not everyone gets on with their roommates in halls. However, the friends you choose to live with later on will probably be some of the most important people in your university life. Some of my closest friends at university now were my roommates in first year and I’d like to share five things I love about sharing a house with friends.
Whether it’s a ready meal, end of term Christmas dinner or chips after a night out, it’s always nicer to eat with friends rather than alone. Sharing meals also saves money, and saved me from having to eat the same few meals I can actually cook every week.
Sometimes it’s nice to stay in and relax. After a long day of lectures or a big essay hand-in, I love getting together with my flatmates for takeout and a film. My top tip: head to the supermarket around 8pm for discounted bakery products.
I love having flatmates because it’s so easy to get together and make plans. Nipping downstairs to get more tea before getting straight back to your essay can easily turn into grabbing dinner and heading to the pub, no planning required.
I have relied on my flatmates to take care of me at university and I’ve tried to do the same for them. Sometimes, you need someone to tell you to get it together and call you out on bad decisions. Other times, it’s someone getting you tissues and medicine when you’re sick or bringing snacks to get you through an all-nighter. Your roommates will become your ‘university parents’ who you can count on when you need help or advice.
Lastly, this isn’t the most fun part of having roommates but I think it deserves a mention. I probably wouldn’t have made it through exams without late night revision sessions with my roommates, them quizzing me on key dates in Japanese history and getting out of the house together when revision just got too much.