You might have spent first year together, maybe you’ve never met, maybe you’ve just never lived together before, maybe you are already best mates. Whatever the case, you can always do with getting to know someone better. Living in close proximity to someone means you are in each other’s space, a lot. Therefore, it is actually very important to get to know the people you are living with. You don’t have to be best friends if you just aren’t compatible. But taking time to get to know someone really makes a difference, especially with housemates. Plus, you never know, they could just be your best friend in the making. Here’s 8 simple ways to get to know your housemates better.
1. Cook tea together
Making a meal can often have many components. As can people and friendships. Deep. Working together, creating a (hopefully) delicious meal feels like a joint accomplishment. Sitting down together to eat something you have all put in effort to combine together is a really lovely and tasty way to get to know your housemates. Meal time is fun, especially when you’ve made it together. This will definitely help you get to know your housemates.
2. Go to the pub
And relax. It doesn’t have to be a mad one, but that could be fun too. If you are quite new to each other, a couple of pints helps everyone relax and seem to find something to talk about. It gets beyond the small talk and helps you delve a bit deeper into the lives of your mates.
3. Play games together
Board games, video games, drinking games, all of these are excellent getting to know you devices. On the plus side they are also actually good fun. They can also enable everyone to have the opportunity to speak which is essential to ensure those who are shy get a chance to be known too.
4. Go on a day trip
This could be to a national park, a mini-golf challenge, or the beach. Anything you can think of! Embrace the journey to the place itself. Let everyone make a playlist if they want to, play car games, or just chat about nothing. Quality time is essential. Everyone loves a day out, especially when there is a group of you.
5. Go to a gym class together
Sweat it on! It may feel a little awkward at first, but going to a gym class can actually be fun together. Plus, afterwards you feel great because you’ve done something good for your body and soul. And you’ve done it together! Getting a routine sweat on together could be the first steps to breaking the “awks barrier” of living together.
6. Host an event together
This could be a house party, “come dine with me” meal, a BBQ, or even a quiz night. All of these activities enable your housemates to invite people for you to meet. This can expand your friendship circle, but also help you get to know your housemates better too through their friends. You can be sure this will help you get to know your housemates.
7. Arts and crafts
Making fancy dress costumes for a night out or birthday cards for another housemate enable everyone to have an input. Great minds think alike but great minds put together also create some awesome ideas. Getting to know anyone through a creative opportunity really gives you an insight into their mind and how they think!
At home or at the bar it’ll probably sound terrible but you’ll definitely have a good time. Everyone is a little bit embarrassed but this levels the playing field. Doing something like this together can create close bonds, hilarious memories and potentially a squad song.
Ultimately the best way to get to know your housemates is to spend time with them. Listen to them and be genuinely interested in their lives, interests and thoughts.