Student Accommodation Brighton – How to Have Successful House Shares

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We have spoken to students since 1993 about how to have a successful house share and we can give some tips as follows: –

Part One

  1. How about a budget that suits you all. If you are sharing as a group for the first time it is important to get a clear idea of what you can afford and what everybody else can. What you don’t want is somebody in your group that struggles with the commitment even if they wish to be within it.
  2. Always respect the belongings of others. If you are going to borrow something without permission, then it doesn’t always bode well and can often cause problems within house shares. Always ask first.
  3. How to clean a student share? Not everyone has the same standard of cleanliness. Often it is important to try and agree before you even move into a house who is going to do what and how to share it out. Think about having a rota for kitchen cleanliness and the bathrooms as they are the most important parts of the building.
  4. Respect people’s privacy. If a door is closed on somebody’s bedroom it means that they don’t want any visitors so knock before you enter.
  5. Don’t eat other people’s food in the fridge. It is a classic house share cliché, but it irritates people and doesn’t help for a harmonious relationship.
  6. If you are new to the University and trying to settle in keep chat about the home to a minimum.
  7. Share when you can as it always makes you popular with other housemates and it makes you all feel part of the group. Don’t expect anything in return but also don’t be taken advantage of at the same time.
  8. Don’t take someone else’s booze. Although we have dealt with this in relation to the food it is always worth noting.
  9. Clean up your own mess. Often people leave plates and food out but if they cleaned them up as they go then it wouldn’t irritate anyone.
  10. Don’t have a go at someone else if they don’t clean up their own mess. That’s why the item above is helpful not everyone is the same.

Two

  1. Don’t leave notes around the house for other people about problems. Try and speak on a face to face basis.
  2. If you are not going to be around for a few weeks then let your other tenants know. It is always about communication.
  3. You are only at University for two to three years so try and avoid unnecessary arguments over politics, religion etc.
  4. Try and socialise together occasionally. It is a natural benefit of a group and it only improves the atmosphere in the house.
  5. Try not to argue over money and talk it through. If you are going to lend somebody money be aware that they may not be able to pay you back thus be aware that you may not get it back at all. Think about it before you do it. We have previously written an article on how to save money as a student, click here to read more.
  6. Get to know your housemates. You will enjoy living with them much more if you find out more about them and are interested in them.
  7. Treat people like you want to be treated. It seems simple but try and set your own standards.
  8. Be flexible and be prepared to compromise. This always makes it a much more harmonious experience.
  9. Accept that people are different. One of the things that you will find and you will enjoy at University is that not everybody is the same.
  10. Try cooking a meal as a house together. It is a great way to get to know each other and to drop barriers.

Three

  1. Do the laundry together. It might be boring but it is less boring if you do it together.
  2. Take an interest in your house mate’s courses. It will help you find out more about them and you might even find it interesting.
  3. Set some house rules. Again, if you sit down as a group before you start the tenancy and work out what the house rules are and then everybody knows then it is very helpful.
  4. Get to know each other’s timetables and respect any early starts. No one appreciates being woken up in the early hours of the morning if you have got to go to college early from somebody coming in.
  5. Set up a WhatsApp group. So that you can talk to each other about any problems.
  6. Talk things through. Communication is key in any form of shared house and it is much more advantageous to be amicable about chatting items through and resolving them.
  7. If you want your boyfriend to stay it is always best to ask. Whilst it may be your room having a stranger in the house turning up without anybody knowing can be disconcerting.
  8. Try to do something together like watching a TV programme etc. Again, anything done as a group makes it much easier to live with other people.
  9. Be open to new things and experience. It is part of the benefit of sharing a house with people but it will make most of your time at University.
  10. Set up a kitty to share the cost of the basics of the house. It is always easy to then avoid arguments about who bought stuff last etc.

Four

  1. Don’t moan about your housemates try and sit down and sort any issues out. Communication is key. If you have a problem with somebody else and you don’t wish it to escalate why you don’t sit down and have a conversation with them to discuss it first.
  2. When agreeing a cleaning schedule don’t forget to do the common areas.
  3. Always give people their personal space. Sharing a house does not mean that you have to be under each other’s feet all the time.
  4. Keep the food you keep in the fridge fresh. Nobody wants to be confronted with decomposing chicken when they open the door.
  5. Don’t leave wet towels on the bathroom floor. Apparently, lots of people find it annoying
  6. Don’t monopolise the TV if any. It’s called a house share for a reason.
  7. Try not to hoard glasses and cutlery or plates in your room people find this irritating
  8. Don’t label everything you own unless you feel that it is necessary.
  9. Try and find a happy medium when dealing with the heating. Yes, it is the first time that you have had to pay bills and nobody wants to spend the whole winter freezing. But you need to have the heating on to ensure that the property is heated and ventilated.
  10. Let the rest of your house know if you have family or friends visiting.

Five

  1. Take your time thinking about who you are going to live with. As a first year in halls you may have not been pressured into discussing these issues but when you are sharing a house it is very different.
  2. Have fun. Living with people your own age can be a lot of fun and a great experience.
  3. Don’t get irritated by each individual person’s habits. Everybody is different. You might have some of your own that people don’t like.
  4. Try to work out a bathroom schedule. Often it is difficult when people are spending far too long in the bathroom and that you need to get to University.
  5. Do you smoke? Did you know that it will be almost in every tenancy agreement that you are not entitled to smoke within the property? Thus, take this into account when you are taking a property.
  6. Do you like loud music? Take this into account when you are looking for other housemates and whether they like the same things that you do
  7. The most important thing is to enjoy your student accommodation in Brighton as it is such a short period of time in your life.

What would be our top ten tips when dealing with a house share?

We have laid out so many suggestions for you but we believe the top ten tips are as follows;

Respect your house mates

You are sharing a house so you need to get along with people. Embrace difference commonalities and accept differences. Respect each others privacy and belongings. Make sure you keep noise levels to an acceptable level. Life is about diversity.

Socialize and make new friends.

Moving to a house full of strangers can be very daunting but it is a fantastic opportunity. Find out about common interests such as music, sport and drinking! Why not have a chat with them over lunch? It is not just a question of making friends but also being civil with each other.

Pull your weight.

You are moving out of a home and you have probably had everything done for you. This wont be the case in your new house. Be prepared to share the chores. You need to clean the dishes, empty bins, clean the bathroom and generally keep tidy throughout. Shared accommodation is exactly what it is – Shared.

Pay your rent on time.

It is always stressful especially if you are in a joint contract for everyone not to pay their rent on time. Remember your rent is a priority. Even more important than your social calendar.

Remember pets aren’t allowed.

You love your furry friends and you want to take them with you. However, not everyone else loves a pet. What can be worse than that is they could have allergies. This might make the pets totally intolerable to them. Is it also unlikely you will be entitled to pets under the terms of your contract.

Have a notice board and check it regularly.

Why not have a notice board in the communal areas so everyone knows what is going on. You could be busy for days so why not leave important stuff on there. Anything from emergency numbers to the most important, pizza deliveries!

Your house mates food is not yours.

Sharing a fridge can often mean you suddenly dive into temptation of taking someone else’s food. Food isn’t communal it relates to the individual person. It is the same for cookery and cutlery, so don’t collect it in your own room.

Try to agree on a bath/shower schedule.

It may seem extreme but if you are sharing a bathroom some people like to have a schedule. A lot of people may be apprehensive about going to the bathroom. Having a schedule can help everybody. Clean the bath regularly also makes it a much better place for you.

Report any maintenance issues.

Maintenance work will need to be carried out in any house. Report the issues to your landlord or agent as soon as it happens. Don’t wait for it to get worse. However, remember light bulbs are your responsibility.

Try to resolve disputes amicably.

Most people living shared accommodation get on well with each other. However, relationships can sometimes break down. You need to try and be happy in your home and go forth and share the experience with other people. However, if you are having difficulties try and sit down and talk it through. Communication is always key in these issues.

 Budget.

Make sure that you have an acceptable budget that suites everyone in the house. It may seem silly but what you don’t want is to alienate someone in the property and suddenly find that they cant do what you can as you have a very different budget. Find out what is clearly affordable for everybody so nobody struggles on any form of financial commitment.

Listen to your housemates, good communication is not all one way. Make sure you are giving people you are sharing with a fair hearing.

Respect.

If their bedroom door is closed make sure you knock before you go in. You are not at home with your mum and dad anymore so respect everyone’s privacy.

This may seem simple but don’t sleep with your housemates!

It is very a good idea and normally ends badly.

If you are new to university and try to settle in why not keep chat about home to the bare minimum?

Pick your battles.

Only try and address the really important issues that arise while you are living together or your voice will disappear into the back ground. You must remember it is probably not only your first time but other peoples in living away from home. It can be very difficult for you but even harder for other people.

Don’t go onto your house mates about your absent boyfriend/girlfriend.

Recognise that not everybody is interested.

Share when you can.

It is will make you popular with your house mates and it is always important to be part of the group. The more you share the more likely you are going to get back in return.

Don’t leave passive aggressive notes around the house.

In fact it is probably not a good idea to leave notes at all. Communication is always key and especially face to face.

You are probably lucky if you get 2-3 years at university. Why not therefore avoid unnecessary arguments regarding politics and religion. That is what seminars are for not your housemates.

Money.

Never try to argue over money. Always try and talk it through.

Get to know your house mates – getting to know your housemates seems really simple. Surely, it cant be that difficult? However, how many of you actually do know your housemates or think you know?

Don’t sit in your room all day.

It seems pretty self-explanatory but if you want to have a good time you have got to make an effort with people.

Why not do laundry together?

It might be a lot less boring if you do.

Why not cook a meal together?

It is always a great and cheap why to bring people together.

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Cat Westmacott
Cat Westmacott
17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
Kirsty Turner
Kirsty Turner
20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
Shadan B
23:31 30 May 24
Great experience, very helpful staff and friendly. I wish you all the success. Thanks for your care. 💐😊
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
21:13 30 May 24
Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
Charley Besant
Charley Besant
10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
Ainhoa Negro
Ainhoa Negro
09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
PRBL1
PRBL1
09:11 30 May 24
Joel Starcross
Joel Starcross
15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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