September 18, 2010 10:01 ET

House Sharing for the First Time? What You Should Know

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2010) - Moving into a student residence for the first time is an important and exciting part of any student's university experience. Settling in could prove slightly more complicated, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure a happy and memorable student life. Endsleigh, the UK's student insurance specialists, provide some useful information.

Sharing a house with other students can be hugely rewarding and lead to the creation of lasting friendships. This hinges on everyone in the house getting along, which means that choosing the right housemates is vital. Things to consider are tidiness, personal hygiene, smoking habits and potentially disruptive activities such as band practice or DJ-ing.

Keep house bills in good order and pay them on time. It is vital that all of the housemates agree upon the division of the costs before moving in, as non- or late payment of bills is a common cause of arguments.

Everyone that lives in the house will want their privacy respected, so all housemates must be conscious of this and should always check with everyone before inviting people over. It is also advised that a firm stand be taken against friends who just want to "stay for a couple of days". Don't let anyone freeload off the house without contributing anything.

As in most relationships, communication is critical. If something is amiss, it should be discussed as soon as the issue arises. Dealing with disagreements and arguments swiftly will minimise the risk of housemates bearing grudges against one another. Student life should be pleasant and enriching; by finding the right house and flatmates and maintaining open and honest relationships can go a long way towards achieving this.

About Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd

Endsleigh is the trusted brand for student insurance, and the only insurance provider recommended by NUS.

Endsleigh is an independent intermediary specialising in the provision of insurance and financial products for career people.

Originally founded in 1965 to serve the student market, Endsleigh has since broadened its products and services for graduates and professionals, as well as being the preferred insurance supplier for a variety of trade unions and professional organisations. The company offers a wide range of services including life, motor, home and travel insurance.

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