When your flatmate belongs to different countryhnk_admin
Living in a new city with all strangers around, places so unfamiliar, no hands to hold, and no shoulders to lean on is a grave task and a difficult mission to achieve especially for those who have started living away from their home and family for the first time. In such a situation, when the fact of sharing the flat with a person who belongs to a different country hits you, the scenario looks a bit scary and pangs of doubt whether to shift in that flat or not, start engulfing your thought process.
But have you ever thought how beautiful and unique this experience could turn into when you share a flat with a total stranger and walk this journey of living space while shaking hands with each other.
Renting a flat with a person who belongs to another country can be an exciting experience. Let’s look at some tips on how to become friends with your roommate to make your unique experience more colorful.
• Getting along with your new roommate doesn’t mean intruding in their personal space. Respecting each other’s personal space is the foremost rule one must follow to build a good start to the friendship. It is equally difficult for the other person to acclimatize in thenew environment so let them settle in and help in every possible way.
• It will surely take time for two persons to get along especially when the background they belong to is totally different from each other.
One must not walk in a hurry and give each other the required time. Learning about new cultures and their habits can actually be a fun experience for both of you.
• How about cooking a meal together?
It can turn out a great opportunity for both of you to chit chat and share your interests and hobbies. It can actually kick-start your friendship. Try to figure out what you both like and then do it together once in a while.
• It’s better to pen down a basic set of rules and duties while being aware of each other’s requirements to avoid all sorts of tiff. Dividing the cleaning work can act beneficial in the long run. Make sure that you both at least keep the common areas neat and clean.
• There are high chances of arguments and tiffs when your friends visit the place and unknowingly bother the personal space of your flat mate. You must take care of your flat mate’s privacy and keep them informed about your plans. Don’t forget to introduce your flat mate to your friends, as it will help in creating a sense of belongingness amongst each other. Unwanted visitors can create troubles for both of you in the long run.
ROOMMATE RULES –
1) Be a good friend
2) Respect each other
3) Share stuff
4) Laugh everyday
5) Watch movies together
6) Be a good listener
Instead of cribbing on the cultural differences with your foreign flat mate, just go with the flow and respect each other. The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.