How to find Uni flatmates?
It can be tricky to find suitable housemates for your student housing. Your friends – as much as you may like them – may not make the perfect housemates. So, if you’re an individual looking for like-minded people to share with, where do you start?
Whether you’re in the process of deciding who to live with in the second year of university – or if you just fancy a move, Student Places is here to help. So, how do you find uni flatmates? Well, it all starts with…
Registering with Student Places
Before you try anything else, you should give us a call and let us help you. You never know, we might have the perfect room, in the ideal property that’ll suit you down to the ground.
Of course, if you’d feel more comfortable hand-picking your housemates ahead of time, there are numerous ways for you to get in touch with other students, who are exactly in your position.
So, how do you reach folk like this?
Use social media
Well, it’s called social for a reason, right? Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have hundreds of channels devoted to helping students find new housemates. Student Places even have one. You can post requests or look through current ones, all the while scoping out the profiles of potential housemates to help you to decide if they’ll be a good fit.
Head over to online forums
Forums, such as The Student Room or even on your university’s own website can be a valuable resource when you’re looking for new housemates. As with Facebook, you can create a post or jump onto a thread and get chatting to other students in your area.
Put out some feelers…
There’s no replacing good ol’ word of mouth when it comes to finding housemates. Speak to your more sensible friends – speak to their friends, even. Make it known that you’re looking for housemates.
Bear in mind, a good housemate doesn’t have to be your best friend – in fact, it might be less complicated if they’re not. All that matters is that they’re relatively clean and courteous, and won’t bring half the pub home for post-drinks, hours after you’ve gone to bed.
Ask at your University
Remember, your University is there to help you feel settled. They understand all too well that their students are normally a long way from their family home – particularly if you’re an international student.
If you’re having trouble finding housemates for next year, ask their advice. Some universities run housing fairs (think a Freshers Fair, but for accommodation) which are a great way to find potential housemates or landlords.