When people talk about their time at University, they often talk about the friends they make, the classes they took, and the amount of times they managed to peel themselves off of the floor of a night club. However one aspect of student life seems to get glossed over quite a lot when recounting the good old memories of your student days; living together with other people.
It’ll be easy, right? You’ve already lived together with your family for eighteen years, why would a couple of months with some relative strangers be any different? We’re all ‘adults’ here. Arranging a cleaning schedule or a trash rotation may seem like a good idea, but some house members may be forgetful or just plain lazy, and more often than not tension can run high. Here are four signs that will tell you that you’re definitely living in the student house from hell.
1. Terrible Indoor Heating, Amazing Internet
Heating is a luxury that can be avoided if bills are running high. It is easy enough to pile all of your clothes onto the bed in order to keep warm, so why waste money on heating the house? However internet, internet is a necessity. You need it to keep updated with all your friends, play the latest online multiplayer, and to submit most, if not all, of your University assignments. Not to mention the research and planning involved, oh yes, and online takeaways. If you want super fast broadband for your home, be sure to check whether you're in a super fast area by using this postcode checker.
2. Lack of Toilets
One bathroom may seem like enough when you live with your family, however when sharing a student house, one bathroom is grossly inadequate. If you’re suddenly desperate for the bathroom, chances are it is going to be in use. Also it is a good idea to invest in your own supply of toilet paper, because every member of the house will assume it is someone else’s turn to buy the next batch.
3. Recycling full of Pizza Boxes
Or Chinese cartons/Indian, whatever is your preferred takeout. However Pizza is normally a student favorite. You can order online, select individual toppings and have it delivered piping hot directly to your front door. The leaning Pizza Box Tower becomes commonplace in a student kitchen and when budgets are low, frozen pizzas will often replace those from takeaways.
4. The Kitchen is a Forgotten, Neglected Place
Often used to make midnight bacon sandwiches, toast, ramen noodles and as a means of collating the largest collection of moldy vegetables ever seen, the kitchen is a place into which students rarely venture for long periods of time. Unless you are among culinary students. It is a place for quick meals and the occasional power smoothie if you are trying out a fad diet. The coffee stains will build up on the countertop, but if you keep ignoring them they will eventually disappear.
Not all student accommodations are so dire, and if you genuinely make an effort to get to know your fellow housemates, your student home could be a loved and cherished place. But it is hard to collaborate with people you’ve only known for a few months at best, and when you are leaving the house at the end of the year, sometimes you might be better off letting the spiders loose to build their own mansions.