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Ideas for breaking the ice with your housemates

Hi, I'm Em and I want to talk to you about how to bond with your new housemates at university.

Ideas for breaking the ice with your housemates

Meeting your new housemates and moving in with them has got to be one of the most daunting parts of university, but don’t worry. I'm here to give you some tips for how to make it go smoothly:

Facebook groups

Before you even can think about getting to university, you will be allocated your accommodation and told your flat number and room number. This is exciting, because after receiving these details loads of different Facebook Groups are made and people begin to try and find their housemates. It's likely that you'll find people in your accommodation as a whole, people in your block and even ones in your actual flat. This gives you a great opportunity to find your flatmates and get chatting before you even start uni, so I would highly recommend you get involved in that.

Everyone is in the same boat

Don’t worry if you are still nervous even after speaking online to some of your housemates… because everyone is in the same position as you! Moving away from home can be tough, having to fend for yourself, but you have to remember that you are not the only one and your housemates will be feeling the same.

Get out of your room... and socialise

One of the biggest pieces of advice I could give anyone starting university and moving into halls is that when you are there DON’T just stay in your room. The moment you wave goodbye to your parents, or whoever moved you in, can be really nerve wracking (or great for some of us, they are finally gone!). Even though it's daunting, it is important that you get out your room and socialise with your housemates as soon as you can. This is a great opportunity to really learn about each other and break the ice - it will only get more difficult the longer that you leave it. Again, don’t be nervous because it’s a level playing field and you are all feeling the same – so make the most of the opportunity because some of these people might become your friends for life!

Continue to do things together

Once you have got over the tough bit… leaving your family, moving all your things in, and meeting a complete load of strangers - the fun really begins. Make sure you go make the most of it. It’s really important to try and organise as many things as you can with all your house mates, because this is the best way to make great friends. You don’t want to be spending a whole year not talking to people, make the most of the opportunity of making new friends that could be for life by doing as much as you can with them!

To sum up

Things not to forget:

  • Everyone is in the same boat, so don’t be nervous
  • University gives you the opportunity to make friends for life, so make the most of it
  • Make sure you socialise as much as you can, this will make your future uni years so much more fun

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Emily T

Hi, I’m Em and i’m a second year student at Leeds Beckett currently studying Sport Development. I was born in Leeds and then grew up in Harrogate. My hobbies match my course; I love football, going to the gym, going on walks and seeing my family & friends.

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