When taking on a room it often means mixing with other like-minded people. At ADS we
make sure we link you with people who are of a similar age, mindset and are generally a
great match. However, when living with people (even people who might become very close
friends) it is important to consider a few factors. Here are some tips to make sure things run
Here is ADS Property Management’s Top 5 Things to do in a Flatshare
Sharing a flat with a group of strangers can be a daunting experience. On one hand, it’s a
great way to move into an exclusive area without the massive costs associated with renting
your own place. On the other hand, it can be intimidating to move into a flat with three, four,
five or even seven strangers. Will you all get on? Will you have anything in common? Will
you be compatible flatmates? Sometimes, you’ll land on your feet and click almost instantly
with your new flatmates, other times, it can take a bit of work. But with a little effort and an
open mind, you’ll be the best of buds in no time. Here are our top 5 things to do in a flatshare
to bond your group together and ensure you have a great living experience in your new
Host Your Own Movie Night
Hosting your own movie night each week is a great way to bring everyone together. Sign up
for Netflix, let each flatmate pick a movie, grab a big bag of popcorn, a few beers, and those
grim (but ever so addictive) cinema hotdogs; sit back, recline, and chill. Then once the film is
over, applaud your flatmate on their choice, or send them to their room.
Get Out of the Flat
No matter how well you get on in your flatshare, it’s good to get away from that environment
once in a while with your flatmates. Whether it’s a group meal, wine tasting on the strand or
watching sports down at the local pub, make sure to get out and about with your flatmates
and create some new memories. It will be fun and give you something to talk about on those
days when the British weather keeps you all cooped up inside.
Ah, yes, the great British weather strikes again. Rain, sleet, snow, whatever it is, it’s coming.
On those days when you just can’t get out, board games are a great way to pass the time and
bond with your flatmates. Monopoly, Charades, Uno, Jenga and Cluedo are all fun classics
that you can play together. If that’s not your thing, check out the ever-growing list of great
drinking games out there. This is a sure-fire way to bond with your new mates, as long as you
Grab your laptop, a cheap microphone, pull up Youtube and sing the night away. Not much
of a singer? Even better, nothing brings a group together better than collective
embarrassment, especially if a few drinks are involved. Just don’t overdo it on the falsettos or
Keep It Clean
We’ve saved the least fun, but most important thing to do for last… cleaning! The best way to
get along with everyone in your flatshare is to clean up after yourself. Nothing causes more
friction in a flatshare than flatmates who leave a pile of dishes, a waterlogged bathroom, or
rubbish lying around the place. As long as you respect each other’s space, you’ll reduce the
chance of any arguments, giving you more time to focus on the fun things you can do
together as a group.
Finally communicate and hold regular meetings, chats and find ways to outline things you
want to discuss before ‘little issues’ get out of hand.
As always, we are here to help and manage your experience for you.