Many students get nervous at the thought of sharing a room at uni with a stranger.
For international students, especially, the thought of sharing student accommodations may be a daunting task. After all, you don’t even know if they will share the same values or have the same interests. They may have a different taste in music or may not understand your passion for dogs (ok, but who doesn’t love dogs?!). But believe us, there are plenty of upsides to living with a roommate! And in our opinion, it’s always better than living alone.
If you’re on the fence about sharing a room at uni, here are seven reasons you should!
1. More Friends= Bigger Social Network
Sharing a room at uni is always a good idea, especially when studying abroad. This way you will get to meet new friends instantly and it will be easier settling in. If your new flatmates are all from other countries as well, then you will have a great time figuring out and discovering the new city together.
Even better, your social network will be booming. Their friends will become your friends and yours will become theirs. And don’t worry about those friendships only lasting until the end of university. You will make friends for life and friends all around the world. Last time we checked that’s a smashing thing! Now it can’t get better than this, can it?
2. Telly Partner
After years of living with your family, the thought of moving away to university, combined with the idea of sharing student accommodation, can be a scary thought! You might miss family game nights, having dinner with your parents, or catching up on the latest episodes of Stranger Things with your siblings.
This is where your roomie comes in. And who knows? They might have the same interests as you or maybe you’ll both discover your love for Game of Thrones together. Either way, having a roommate to hang out with will be fun. This will also help you bond and get to know each other better.
3. Get Help With Coursework
Now you might not have the same major or be studying the same subjects, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help each other out while sharing a room at uni.
If you’re writing an essay, your roommate can help you out by proofreading it. Working on a big project? Your roomie might just be your new go-to for bouncing ideas off one another. Two minds are better than one, right?
4. You’ll Have a Workout Buddy
Staying fit is a necessity and you need to have a healthy body to have a healthy mind. The active student lifestyle is time-consuming, making it hard to make it to the gym to get those gains.
But what if you’re sharing student accommodation with a flatmate that’s all about lunges and squats? Well then it is great news as you’ll have a built-in lifting partner. Everyone knows working out with a workout buddy is better than working out solo, as you have one person who will drag you and motivate you to lead a healthier lifestyle.
5. Save! Save! Save!
Whether you’re living on-campus vs. off-campus, sharing a room at uni with other people helps you cut down on costs significantly each month. If you can come to an agreement then you will find that you can split the cost of food, supplies for the house and so much more.
You can arrange to buy groceries for the house in turns, this way you will always have food (did we hear pizza rolls?) and supplies. Plus, if you’re ever unable to pick something up, your flatmate can always do that for you. This way everything will be more affordable, and you’ll have so much more to spend on yourself.
6. Job Perks
Now imagine your flatmate has a part-time job working at one of the best local clothing stores. Play your cards right and you might be lucky enough to get everything on employee discount, and save more money thanks to having a flatmate. And if your flatmate works at a restaurant, you’ll be set for meals on the days you don’t feel like cooking.
7. Always Have a Roomie To Share With
The hardest part of living away from family is not having someone to share things with. A moment of joy can be hard to rejoice about if you don’t have anyone to share it with. Similarly, if you are feeling down in the dumps about something it can get rather lonely. Sharing student accommodation and having a roomie there helps. Have great news to share? Didn’t have a good day at university? Or just missing home? It will all become so much easier if you always have someone there who will lend you a patient ear.
Find the Best Student Accommodation for You and Your Flatmate With Unilodgers
Now that you know just a few of the advantages of sharing a room at uni, it’s time to start thinking about your student accommodation. Whether you’ll be attending school in the United Kingdom, United States, or Australia, Unillodgers has you covered. You and your flatmates can choose from a variety of floorplans, ranging from two-bedroom to five-bedroom options, depending on the property.
Don’t know anyone in your new home just yet? No worries! Many of our properties offer flatmate matching programs and can find a great roomie for you. Now, where will you choose to call home?
Unilodgers is the world’s leading platform to book student accommodations and serves over 2 million students from over 195 countries every year. We provide students exclusive offers on student housing options and make it easy to book the accommodation that’s the best fit for you.