If you are a first-year student, you are probably thinking about where to live next year. By this point, some people have already signed tenancy agreements for new houses, and so you might feel like time is running out. Don’t worry. You have loads of time to find the right place for you. Rushing into finding a place is never a good idea. Instead, you can take your time and find somewhere that suits you. If you don’t know who to live with yet, you need to figure that out. Here are some fantastic tips to help you find new flatmates.
Consider living with your current flatmates
The most obvious option available to you is to move in with your current roommates. After all, you already know your housemates, and so you know whether you can live with them. If you guys have been arguing since September, though, you might want to look further afield. Sometimes, people just don’t click, and that is fine.
Ask people from your course
If you want to live with people who you already know, you should ask your classmates what their plans are. Sure, some of them will already have plans or may have even signed up for house shares, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Remember, when you move in with someone it changes the dynamic of your friendship. You might get on in class, but you need to ensure that you can live together before you do so.
Look on the university notice board
In your students’ union, there should be a notice board. Most unions have boards where students can post messages and adverts. You should head over there and check out the notice board. There may be some students looking for an extra flatmate. Meeting potential housemates feels a little like dating. You will be nervous at first, but if it is right, you will know about it.
Look for a house share online
If you can’t see any viable options on the notice board, you should look online for adverts. Sites, such as Wallpark.com have a list of housing adverts. You can browse these ads and get in touch with anyone you might want to live with next year. Remember, there are hundreds (if not, thousands) of students at your university. That means that there has to be someone who would be your ideal flatmate. Set up meetings with potential housemates and see how it goes.
Socialise and meet new people
The more people you know, the more likely you are to find new flatmates. If you have spent the first six months of university hiding away, it is time to get out there. Socialise with as many people as you can. You could even join a society so that you can meet people who share your interests. When you get out there and meet people, you will see that you naturally find people who you like. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Once you start socialising, you might not want to stop.
Don’t be afraid of moving in with strangers
If it comes to it, you may have to move in with people who you don’t know. Moving into a house full of strangers might sound intimidating, but remember, you have done this before. When you moved into your student accommodation, you didn’t know anyone. It is no big deal at all. In fact, moving in with new people is a chance to make new friends. It is exciting, and you should look forward to it. You can find people online or through your university.