The early riser.

It’s 7am and it’s the weekend. One of your housemates is up early for their weekend job, which is fair enough. But, they’re also the kind of person that sets 5 alarms in the morning. Your hopes for a lie in are shattered, and your only hope is to wait for your housemate to leave for work and to stop making a noise. Every footstep is building up for your argument for said housemate later. 

Get earplugs, Amazon will sell you a batch of them for a cheap price.

‘Sharing’ food

So you think you’ve saved yourself by not agreeing to a weekly house grocery shop. But once you’re sharing a house, everything you knew about food ownership that you had back at home is out of the window.

By destroying the evidence, some housemates will pretend it never happened. Or the most common being “sorry, I thought it was mine”

Top tip is to label what is yours, or have designated shelves. Be weary of the passive aggressive notes.

The overflowing bin

Taking out the bins is at the bottom of every person’s to do list. Bin juice is not quite the juice of choice. You will find that once you start living with others, the amount of waste racks up quickly. Soon enough you’ll be seeing the oddest of pairings, with carrot shavings balancing on last night’s takeout box.

Stick to a weekly rota and save yourself from stepping on the miscellaneous objects that have toppled off the bin.

‘Who left their plates in the sink?’

You’ve just had a long day at uni and all you want to do is go home, have a quick dinner and head straight to bed. Well, this is when you realise living with your friends isn’t all fun and games, despite the plates being stacked like jenga pieces in the sink.

You’re lucky if they’re all in the sink, sometimes it might end up in a game of hide and seek. There isn’t even a clean pan in sight to use and eat from. There will always be that one house mate who will “clean up in a minute”.

Top tip: sort out a washing up rota, or alternatively stock up on plastic plates.

How to pay and split the bills, and pay on time.

So the joint account seemed like a good idea until money stopped going in after the third month and the direct debit bounces, and the electricity bill has been long forgotten with its irregular quarterly arrival.

The group chat begins to get heated, as you realise you might be potentially homeless, or worse without internet if it doesn’t get sorted. This is when living with others and not your parents seems like the worst idea, especially when the culprit remains silent on the chat.

Top tip: sign up to HURU to get all your bills sorted, and save yourself from the hassle and the stress.


Also published on Medium.