1. Know what you want
We dont all want a flatmate wholl be our BFFL too but you might want someone you can have the odd dinner with. Figure out what you want your relationship to be and use this as a starting point for finding the right match.
2. Consider your lifestyles
Lets face it: if youre in bed by 9pm and up at 6am, youre not going to enjoy living with someone whos cooking their dinner at midnight...
3. Think about the cleaning
Ah, cleaning: the greatest cause of disagreement in a flatshare. Sounds obvious, but if youre a neat freak who loves washing up, youre probably best avoiding someone who doesnt mind leaving crusty pans of beans on the side for three days. Find out their cleaning priorities, and be honest about yours too.
4. Meet everyone first
We get it moving in with a big group can be overwhelming. So why not sort out a drink or casual meeting before you move in? Youll also swerve the awkwardness of meeting in the corridor on move-in day and finding out you dont gel with one of the group
5. Find out any house rules that already exist
... and decide if youd be able to stick to them. Youll save yourself a lot of hassle if you avoid moving in with people who have rules you dont agree with.