Give flat-sharing house room: Hardly anyone can afford to live in the Capital, let alone students. The average price of private rental in London is more than double in the rest of the UK, with house prices being 61% higher than the National average and double those in the North East. According to Myrooms, if you want to live in London and enjoy all it has to offer, flat sharing is one of the best ways to achieve your dream!
You won’t be alone, did you know that around 670,000 households in London, live in the private rented sector, a higher proportion than the national average of 14.2% (source).
Speed Sharing – Does it work? Computer says no, snap-decisions on how your prospective housemates look, dress and give it large, with a drink in them may not be the way to go. It takes time, properly thought out questions and the cold light of day (or a nicely- lit interior) to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Fancy That! Is it a good idea to choose a flat mate because you’re attracted to them? Definitely not, what happens if it doesn’t happen or worse still it does and then goes pear-shaped. Harmonious interaction when you cross on the stairs will be a thing of the past! Head over heart is the way to go on this one, think through what you want and what you don’t, and plan accordingly.
What’s the perfect number? There isn’t one, just bear in mind that two may be company but what happens if you fall out? And, three may be a nice little crowd, but if you’re all the same sex it could lead to pairing off and one flatmate feeling left out. Two girls and one boy or two boys and one girl could easily replicate a cosy family group and make for a chilled-out homely space while a larger group can offer flexibility and laid-back rapport. Saying that, size isn’t everything, gut instinct and a clear head will ensure it all adds up to make your number a prime one.