student life

Five ways to bond with your new housemates

Written by Rachel Avery

Whether you’re a fresher who is going to university for the first time or you’re moving into a new house with other students, the thought of living with new people can be daunting. You continue to ask yourself the same questions. We will get on with each other? What if we have nothing in common? What if no one likes me?

I think everyone gets nervous to some degree about meeting new people. Everyone is looking to make friends – nobody wants to be alone. You’re all lumped in this university boat together and you’ll be sailing through with new friends in no time.

Here are some easy activities to help break the ice and get to know your new house mates.

Bake a cake together

This is a fun way to find out about each other and see how you work together. Find a recipe online – it’s up to you how adventurous you want to go with it. Then share out the roles between you all: measuring, mixing, assembling and designated music selector. You’ll have a tasty treat to indulge in in no time and a much more relaxed atmosphere too.

Have a go at some card games

There are so many different games to play and learn together, they’re easy to teach to new players and most importantly you’ll have a laugh. This never fails to bring people together and will ease any social awkwardness. Why not try Cheat and Blackjack or even some notorious drinking games such as Ring of Fire and Irish Snap.

Have a cosy film night

If you’re living in halls, you might have to get creative with where you’ll be hosting your film; how about someone’s bedroom or even your kitchen floor. Then grab your duvets and pillows or go all out with your mattresses and huddle up together for the perfect film night. Don’t forget the snacks of course. Now all you have to do is decide on a film. Mean Girls went down a treat in mine.

Go on a night out

Nothing brings people together like a booze-filled night out on the streets. Make the most of Freshers Week, there are so many exciting opportunities at this time of the year. Even if you don’t fancy the clubs, going to pubs or bars are ideal alternatives that promise an entertaining evening that you and your new house mates will never forget.

Explore your University town or city

Make the most of your time away from home by exploring your local University area together. Do some shopping, visit a museum or have a go at some crazy golf. Whatever you find, I can guarantee that all that initial awkwardness will be gone.

The most important thing is to enjoy yourself. University is a new chapter for everyone and I can assure you, you will make some of your fondest memories here.