Living with others can be an incredible fun and valuable experience, so everyone should try it at least once. After all, this could be the beginning of wonderful friendships and lead to the great stories that you later tell your grandchildren about. But as with all good things in life, you have to compromise and be patient for it to work out. We’ll show you twelve great rules in a flatshare and tips with which you can avoid disputes in flatshares!
Talk To Each Other If You Have Problems
If you are annoyed with your roommate because your dirty dishes are standing around again, or if he is listening to music loudly when you have to study, it doesn’t help to swallow your anger because it won’t improve the situation. It is, therefore, better to talk to your roommates directly about it. But: the sound makes the music! Accusations and generalizations should be avoided, they tend to generate a reaction of defiance or poison the atmosphere in the apartment. “You never put your dishes away!” Will only provoke anger in the roommate, it is better with: “Please wash your dishes soon, guests will come afterward / I want to cook now.”
Make Rules And Follow Them
First and foremost, agree on some basic rules of shared accommodation that every roommate must adhere to. You have to coordinate and come to an agreement on everyday things: cleaning, setting the air conditioning and heating, noise levels, meals together, allergies, and so on. The more things you can agree on, the sooner you will be able to live together peacefully.
Give Others Their Space
If your roommate has headphones on and staring at their cell phone, they most likely won’t want to talk about their day. And don’t take it personally when he locks the door to his room – even the most sociable person needs a little distance now and then. Leaving the others in peace is also one of the important rules for flat shares among roommates.
Clean Up Behind You
Your mother is no longer there, but you still have to act in an exemplary manner. You never know when friends, family or landlords will come by spontaneously. Nobody wants to have the reputation of a sloppy roommate, after all.
It is most practical if the refrigerator has at least as many compartments as there are roommates so that everyone has their own compartment. So there are no foods that cannot be assigned and that then slowly go moldy because no one can remember having bought it. Everyone is responsible for keeping their compartment clean.
Respect Each Other Daily Routine
Communicate your daily routines so that it is easier to make plans, meetings, and appointments into account. If your roommate has to study for a significant exam, it might not be a good idea to invite the whole floor to a dance party.