Life at UEA
Welcome to your life at the UEA. We hope you enjoy your time with us!
Here's some tips on what to bring and how to live with your new flatmates.
Our general advice when packing would be to think of your stay in residences as an extended trip, and don't bring too much! Storage space is limited, both in your room and in the kitchen. Try not to bring expensive items, especially if you're going to store them in the kitchen.
Respect others and shared space. If you made a mess, make sure you clean it up. Even if it is the next day. Make sure it is clean, and let others know you will clean it up tomorrow. Being respectful of others is key to living together happily. Whether it is noise and music, having people other, eating other’s food, or doing your turn to clean. If you do what you are responsible for, others are more likely to be responsible too.
Here are a few tips to help
- Have a cleaning rota. If someone does not do their turn, have a penalty like cooking a meal for everyone.
- When someone does not do their fair share of washing up, try doing just yours and if it is still there after 24 hrs, ask them nicely to wash their dishes.
- Do not make a lot of noise late at night or early in the morning so you do not disturb the others living with you.
- Arrange group activities such as house/flat meals, film nights or nights out together.
- Respect your house/flat mates’ life choices. You may have the right to challenge them on their living habits but not on their beliefs or sexuality.
- Respect others’ privacy. Always knock before entering their rooms and do not interfere in their personal lives.
- If you are living in the private rented sector, set up a joint account from which bill can be paid from. Then have all housemates set up a standing order or transfer into this account so it is not one person’s responsibility to collect money for the bills.
Have a good open line of communication with your flat/house mates makes life a whole lot easier. So when you need to discuss something about the flat/house or their behaviour it will not be difficult. It can also help when you need to talk to someone about something.
Before you move in or just after, have a meeting to discuss rules, everyone’s likes, dislikes and expectations, how you will handle when problems, issues or disagreements arise, how to avoid confrontations and social rules.
Talk about meals and food, shopping, rent and bills, shower schedules, cleaning and other household responsibilities. Have monthly meetings as a house/flat to talk about any issues. It will also be a great way to plan other activities and bond as a group.
Most important, make sure you are open to communicating with others. Listen to others and also talk to them if there is a problem. Often talking about a problem early on before it becomes a big deal will save you a lot of stress.
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