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Living with Roommates

Many of Studio92's flats are shared which means that you may be sharing a kitchen and bathroom with 3-4 other people.  In addition, you may be bringing a friend or hoping to meet up with someone to share a twin.

Since most of us have been living on our own, or at least in our own room, for quite a while now it may be difficult to have to share some personal space and give up some privacy.  The staff of Studios92 has put together a few ideas about living with your flatmate/roommate.

 

1.  Get to know your flatmates.  You will meet people from all over the world so here is a chance to learn something new and just have a laugh.  Go out for a pint up in Camden Town, go grocery shopping at Safeway together or watch some English television.  The more you get to know your flatmates the more you are aware of their habits and their pet peeves and they are more aware of yours.

2.  BE CONSIDERATE.  The golden rules apply here:  do onto others as you would want them to do onto you. Treat your roommates and flatmates well and they will return the favour!

3.  Always respect the privacy of your flatmate/roommate.  Give people space.

4.  If there is a problem within the flat deal with it straight away.  The more you let it fester, the angrier you will become and it may result in a confrontation that you meant to avoid. Communication is key. you can also refer the problem to your area manager ( manager in charge of your flat)

Sit down with your flatmate (roommate), stay calm and state exactly what the problem is, emphasizing that it is the behaviour and not the person that is causing the problem.  You will want to avoid attacking the person because then they become defensive.  If required, use a neutral third party as a mediator.  Thankfully at Studios92 a cleaner comes into clean the common areas at least once a week which avoids heavy cleaning duties by the flat.

5. With your roommate, set up guidelines for sharing. How does your roommate feel about loaning his or her possessions? Some roommates do not mind, others do. Find out and make sure your roommate knows how you feel, as well. 

6.  Find out some background about your roommate (friends, family, hobbies), his/her likes and dislikes, things that you both need to know (sleeping habits, beliefs about drinking etc) and how they react to certain situations.

7.  The best way to avoid people using your food is to keep it in your room and not in the kitchen.  Some people might leave it alone but others think it is alright to borrow your food on occasion.

8.  Take your turn in buying the toilet paper.

9.  Since the phone line is shared try not to use the phone for too long and ask friend and family not to call after 2300 (or early in the morning!).

10.  Remember that there are other people in the flat when you are up for work at 0600 (or you might be stumbling in from a night out at this time).  Try to keep the noise level down after 2300 and before 0800.  This includes your music and your television.

11.  Fun tip: Have a dinner party!  Each flatmate can be responsible for a specific task (buying wine, making the salad etc).  Afterwards (and after a few glasses of wine) everyone can go out to a club in Central London.  Don't forget to take  pictures.

Living with Roommates

Many of Studio92's flats are shared which means that you may be sharing a kitchen and bathroom with 3-4 other people.  In addition, you may be bringing a friend or hoping to meet up with someone to share a twin.

Since most of us have been living on our own, or at least in our own room, for quite a while now it may be difficult to have to share some personal space and give up some privacy.  The staff of Studios92 has put together a few ideas about living with your flatmate/roommate.

 

1. Lerne Deine Mitbewohner kennen. Du wirst Menschen aus aller Welt kennenlernen, hier ist Deine Chance etwas Neues kennenzulernen und etwas Spass zu haben. Gehe fuer ein Getraenk nach Camden Town, geht Lebensmittel im Safeway einkaufen oder schaut Euch einen Film im englischen Fernsehen an. Je mehr Du deine Mitbewohner kennenlerntst, umso mehr wirst Du auf ihre Gewohnheiten gefasst sein und ihre Aergernisse und sie sind mehr auf Deine gefasst.

2.  Sei RUECKSICHTSVOLL. Die goldenen Regeln findest Du hier: do onto others as you would want them to do onto you. Behandle Deine Mitbewohner nett und sie werden Dir mit Nettigkeit ebenfals entgegenkommen!

3. Always respect the privacy of your flatmate/roommate.  Give people space.

4.  If there is a problem within the flat deal with it straight away.  The more you let it fester, the angrier you will become and it may result in a confrontation that you meant to avoid. Communication is key. you can also refer the problem to your area manager ( manager in charge of your flat)

Sit down with your flatmate (roommate), stay calm and state exactly what the problem is, emphasizing that it is the behaviour and not the person that is causing the problem.  You will want to avoid attacking the person because then they become defensive.  If required, use a neutral third party as a mediator.  Thankfully at Studios92 a cleaner comes into clean the common areas at least once a week which avoids heavy cleaning duties by the flat.

5. With your roommate, set up guidelines for sharing. How does your roommate feel about loaning his or her possessions? Some roommates do not mind, others do. Find out and make sure your roommate knows how you feel, as well. 

6.  Versuche einiges ueber das leben Deiner Mitbewohner herauszubekommen (Freunde, Familie, Hobbies), seine/ihre Vorlieben und Abneigungen, Dinge, die ihr alle untereinander wissen wollt (Schlafgewohnheiten, Drinkgewohnheiten etc.) und wie sie auf ungewoehnliche Situationen reagieren.

7. Der beste Weg zu vermeiden, dass Andere Deine Sachen wegessen ist, es im Zimmer aufzubewahren. Manche Menschen ruehren Dein Essen nicht an, andere denken, sie koennen sich bei Gelegenheit einfach etwas ausborgen.

8.  Kauf Du einmal das Toillettenpapier.

9. Da das Telefon geteilt wird, benutze es nicht zu lange und geb Deiner Familie und Deinen Freunden bescheid, nicht nach 23:00 Uhr anzurufen (oder sehr frueh am Morgen!).

10.  Erinnere Dich immer daran, dass auch noch Andere in Deiner Wohnung wohnen, wenn Du um 6:00 Uhr zur Arbeit musst (oder Du kommst von einem Clubbesuch wieder). Versuche den Lautstaerkepegel zwischen 23:00 Uhr und 8:00 Uhr niedrig zu halten. Das betrifft auch Deine Musik und Dein Fernseher.

11.  Spasstip: Kocht zusammen Abendessen! Jeder Mitbewohner kann fuer eine bestimmte Sache verantwortlich sein (Wein kaufen, Salat zubereiten etc.) Anschliessend (und nach ein paar Glaeschen Wein) koennen alle gemeinsam in einen Club in London gehen. Vergesst nicht, Bilder zu schiessen.

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