18 Things No One Tells You About Sharing a House With Other Graduates
Sharing a house at university is something special. You all have the same free time, you were all able to get to know each other beforehand and, despite the palpable smell of Fosters and that one housemate who persists in stealing milk, it was a happy place.
But for graduates house sharing is a different, competitive beast. You no longer count as a student and lose all the benefits that come with it.
Welcome to the desperate world of the nomads.
1. It’s all a big popularity contest.
In highly competitive areas it takes more than just having the money to get a place. You need to be able to clean up after yourself as well as play the entertainer.
2. You should prepare to be rejected.
Back to having spareroom.com open on an incognito window at work.
3. Speed Flatmating is a thing.
You get so desperate that you end up spending your Tuesday evenings in the weird, drunken limbo of Speed Flatmating. Disclaimer: it is not a date.
4. You will never be above posting desperate Facebook pleas.
“Anyone know of a cheap room going in East London? Thanks.”
5. Despite signing up for email alerts, you will always be too late.
Receive them on the way to work to ring up at lunch time and be told it is no longer available.
6. You will meet a lot of weirdos.
Actually, I think I’ll keep looking.
7. You will make up interests just to satisfy would-be housemates.
“Looking for a housemate with an interest in horology and land amphibians.” Yep. That’s me.
8. The age range of your flatmates can be… unnerving.
Being close to your work, being affordable and being tolerable are the necessities. It’s not until moving in you realise you are living with two 40 year olds, a 17 year old and a dog.
9. You will live with people who work shifts and probably never see them.
10. It’s always someone’s Friday night.
Don’t expect to sleep when it’s your Tuesday but their Friday.
11. You will lose all enthusiasm to make new friends.
With years at uni building relationships and years ensuring you keep in contact with your friends from home, add in the small talk at work and by the time you’re in your house you just want to face plant the pillow.
12. You’ll be even more attached to your things.
And there aren’t enough hiding places for your precious uni branded mug.
13. There is always a de facto house leader.
Chances are your houseshare has an authoritarian who has lived there for years. This Van Wilder will act like the place is theirs.
14. You’ll never see your housemates’ rooms.
Like a house within a house, the bedroom becomes your only real piece of property. A bit like those tents in Harry Potter.
15. You’ll also never use the front room.
You’ll basically be watching TV with strangers.
16. Just because you’re all adults now doesn’t mean there won’t be petty arguments.
17. You won’t know what to do when you see your housemates outside.
What a moment it is when you realise Sarah from downstairs also takes the no. 73 at 08:32 every morning.
18. But on the plus side, landlords are a lot nicer.
You are finally a real, functioning adult. No need to be conned by letting agents any more.
Why can’t we just all live on one long corridor again?