Full house – why I gush about living in a shared flat, plus some tips to keep in mind. – OurWarwick

Full house – why I gush about living in a shared flat, plus some tips to keep in mind.

Tanishk Saha | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Contact Tanishk

One of the experiences you hear about at university is having friends for life; your closest pals, who you’ll make the most vibrant memories with. Many will tell you that this starts with your flatmates in first year, but that’s just where the story begins.

One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had at university, hands down, has been living with my flatmates. I have lived in a flat of six for the past year, and I’ve lived every single moment of it. So much so, that I’ve moved in with my flatmates this year too (no catastrophes so far, so I’m not regretting my decision yet 🙃) .

I could not stress on how integral my flatmates have been to the past year and a half of my life. It’s been amazing; we’ve made cookies, cheesecake, pumpkin soup (don’t ask; it was Halloween) and everything in between. They’ve tolerated me firing up my nutribullet early in the morning to make my daily batch of hummus, me cutting myself for no damn reason, forced me to include veggies in my diet and just helped me not be a general hazard in the kitchen (or in the flat).

Here’s a fun, uncommon story; this year, I am the only guy living in my six-person flat! I have made peace with the fact that I’m the messiest person in the flat, plus my flatmates make me feel like I’m one of the girls (which is a great feeling , if you ask me). The amount I’ve learned from them in these couple of months is insane, and I really feel that I’ve developed a stronger bond with them, especially since we’re all struggling through the rollercoaster of this academic year, one day (or week? I can’t even tell now) at a time. What keeps us going, I think, is keeping each other sane and looking forward to the next time we order pizza from Red Hot Mamma (trust me, there was pin-drop silence in the kitchen while we were eating it, because we enjoyed it THAT much).

I know that living in a shared household can have its fair share of ups and downs, pros and cons to compare and contrast for yourself. Here’s something I’d advise you to keep in mind, when you’re considering where to live in second year:

  • Try to understand who you’d enjoy living with. I know that, with the pandemic and all, it’s really hard to make friends; it’s even harder to decide who you’re going to live with for the next year. Nonetheless, I would recommend looking for people you would enjoy living with next year. If you get along with your flatmates this year, you could consider living with them next year, too! 
  • Understand your requirements. You may need a bathroom to yourself, or need some personal space; in that case, you may look at some other options, and a shared house may not be for you. If you love talking to people and can’t stand the silence (like me), then a shared house would be up your alley! 
  • You should get looking for housing ASAP.  If you want to look for housing in Leamington Spa (really popular with most students), you might want to figure out who you want to live with, and start scoping out houses in the area. Houses go off the market pretty quick, so keep an eye out; the houses that have everything that you’d need would probably be off the market pretty quick! Things like bills (a rough estimate of utility bills per week), location, amenities, the landlord/agent’s responsiveness to issues; these are all things you should keep in mind while searching for your ideal house.
  • Figure out where you want to live. Leamington Spa, Coventry, and Canley are some of the spots most preferred by students; Earlsdon is another. This one really boils down to personal preference, so it’s all up to you! 

I absolutely love living with my flatmates, I would not trade this experience for anything. Going gaga about hummus (which I’ve started a society for, by the way), snacking on weird stuff at midnight, lit seshes in our living room (which, in our previous flat, we had nicknamed “the dungeon”); this was really the tip of the iceberg of the amazing year I’ve had living with them.

When you’re in a house, living with other people, there can never really be a dull moment in the household. You’ll always have someone to talk to and do weird stuff with at 1 a.m. (if that’s your thing; I TOTALLY never did that, at all 🙂). I’m so grateful for the opportunity to live with them (and be a proud member of a one man flat).

Tanishk Saha | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Contact Tanishk

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