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Surviving Life With Roommates

Sometimes when we move to a a new country and in the interest of saving money, we don't have the luxury of living on our own. This means that you need to share with others. Amanda shares her experience of living with other teachers.

Living with roommates is not something I was completely new to.  At home in Ontario I live with my boyfriend and one of our close friends (another boy).  Transitioning from this to living with two girls, one of whom I am sharing a bedroom with, was definitely an adjustment.  Luckily the three of us travelled here together and we able to rent our own flat, but I know many people who have gone through agencies to rent a room in a house they share with others.

Living with two 20-something year old men, I knew the fridge would be empty come the end of each week.  Everyone would eat what they wanted, and when we went grocery shopping we would split the bill in thirds.  Here, my roommates and I are trying something different. 

We all went grocery shopping together and had 3 large reusable grocery bags in the cart.  Each one of us had a bag, and we had a section of the cart reserved for communal food.  We went up and down the aisles and everyone bought what they wanted for their own lunches and snacks and put it in their bags.  Communal food was put in its place as well.  Yes it took us some time to check out because we had 4 transactions, but it removed any chance of disagreements over food.

I feel like living with new people already opens the door for arguments, so if you can find any way to avoid them do so.  Once we got the groceries home, we initialed our personal food and put it away.   Helpful tip: make sure you repay your roommates your portion when they pick up milk, bread etc on their way home or while they were out.  Even if it is less than a pound, it will add up and no one will start resenting others for not contributing.

We have tried our best to divide up household duties.  In our house, I cook dinner each night, my one roommate cleans up dinner and does the dishes, while our other roommate watches New Girl and The Mindy Project.  Jokes aside, we all pull our weight, and have not had any issues yet. 

Though we are always taught to share with others, keeping most things separate when you have roommates is in my opinion the best route.  It eliminates potential arguments over how much each person used/ate, and will make the overall living experience better. One final word of advice; find something just for you.  Whether it is going to the gym, taking a book to read at the park, or going to the weekend market, find something you enjoy doing WITHOUT your roommates. 

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We welcome Amanda to our blogging team. She is a Canada teacher who has recently moved to Chelmsford to work with us. 

Tags: AmandaH, Chelmsford, Canada

Category: Australian Teachers

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