Ask any graduate about their time at university and you’re bound to get at least one or two stories about the people they lived with – good or bad!
Tales of dirty kitchens, even dirtier bathrooms, and crazed housemates accusing you of stealing their tea spoons are all pretty par for the course when you’re living in shared student accommodation.
However, it’s a rite of passage for every student, and we promise you’ll be a better person at the end of it. Not to mention an expert at hiding food from the mysterious cheese thief.
Here are the worst things about living with other students, and why you’ll definitely love it:
The good, the bad, and the ugly…
In every house you’ll find students that are like fairy godmothers and those that are more like angels of darkness. You know the ones, the housemate that always cleans the kitchen, has a cup of tea (or something stronger) ready for you, and offers a sympathetic ear when life gets tough.
Then there’s the other side of coin, the cheese lickers, the one you never see but hear creeping around the house in the dark, the person that uses the last of the toilet roll and never replaces it…
But let’s face it, all of these people make up part of life’s rich tapestry, and even though some of their behaviour might seem strange and frustrating at the time, they’re providing you with years of dinner party fodder and possibly material for a career in stand-up comedy.
Embracing your independence
For many students, university is the first time they’ve lived away from home and experienced total control over what they eat, who they socialise with, when they go out, and what they do with their day.
After the initial craziness, most students calm down and settle into the swing of university life. For others, too much of a good thing is definitely a bad thing as they forget what vegetables are, can’t fathom how to use a washing machine, and could do with making friends with the shower once in a while.
However, we urge you to embrace your independence because university is probably the most carefree you’ll ever be able to be. So accept that university is going to be the weirdest, and best, experience in your life, because after graduation reality will definitely bite.
It might not happen to you
For all the housemate horror stories you’ll hear there always seem to be people that got through their time at university living in near bliss, so there’s no guarantee of student accommodation drama.
Either that or the person telling that story was the weird guy that only appears after dark, so he avoided shared living chaos…