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19 Things Every Student Learns When They First Move Out

Mould is the real enemy here.

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1. Moving into your first student house is probably the closest you've ever been to being an actual adult.

Suddenly you have to work out how to pay a water bill, who knew you had to pay for water?
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Suddenly you have to work out how to pay a water bill, who knew you had to pay for water?

2. You realise that cleaning actually takes ages.

Cleaning takes so much longer than making the mess in the first place.
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Cleaning takes so much longer than making the mess in the first place.

3. And that the most dramatic arguments you'll ever have will be over washing up.

You never thought you'd care so much about washing up one mug, but suddenly it seems really important that it wasn't you that made this mug dirty.
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You never thought you'd care so much about washing up one mug, but suddenly it seems really important that it wasn't you that made this mug dirty.

4. It turns out that you don't actually NEED to BUY toilet roll.

You can just BORROW some from the library.
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You can just BORROW some from the library.

5. Calling the landlord is hard, but so is DIY.

6. And sometimes the landlord won't do a much better job than you.

7. Other people eat really weird food.

And so will you when you're hungry and the supermarket just feels so far away.
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And so will you when you're hungry and the supermarket just feels so far away.

8. Walls are thin and sex is loud.

Students tend to have a lot of sex, usually at either four in the morning or four in the afternoon, when you're either trying to sleep or study.
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Students tend to have a lot of sex, usually at either four in the morning or four in the afternoon, when you're either trying to sleep or study.

9. It is entirely possible to have a three and a half hour session of watching Come Dine With Me.

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Someone will suggest going outside but you can't, because you need to see if Charles' chocolate fondant will be enough to beat Linda's Mexican night.

10. Drunk people are really, really stupid.

Some mornings you will come downstairs and your housemates will have left a trail of destruction.
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Some mornings you will come downstairs and your housemates will have left a trail of destruction.

11. But sometimes drunk people are great.

Nothing beats coming home drunk and finding you housemate, also drunk, cooking.
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Nothing beats coming home drunk and finding you housemate, also drunk, cooking.

12. Some people are really dirty.

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You don't learn how often to change your sheets in school, and some people will assume that once a term is adequate.

13. Don't try and get in someone's way when they're in essay hell.

There will be a few weeks a year when you will never see your housemates, you will just see a pile of toast plates and hear them slamming the door after coming back from the library at midnight.
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There will be a few weeks a year when you will never see your housemates, you will just see a pile of toast plates and hear them slamming the door after coming back from the library at midnight.

14. Some people are really stingy and some people are thieves.

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There are the housemates that will shout at you for using their ketchup and there are the housemates that will demolish your whole loaf of bread before you've even touched it.

15. Mould can grow on anything.

When you're too stingy to turn on the heating and too lazy to clean suddenly everything becomes covered in mould.
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When you're too stingy to turn on the heating and too lazy to clean suddenly everything becomes covered in mould.

16. Even if you think you've reached an agreement on what to do with the heating, someone will end up fiddling with the thermostat and all hell will break loose.

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17. You will see all of your housemates naked.

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Because you will eventually bump into all of them on a naked toilet dash.

18. You don't truly know someone until you live with them.

Because when you live with someone not only do you basically have a sleepover every night, have every conversation there is to have, and know way too much detail about their love life. You also see them at their absolute worst.
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Because when you live with someone not only do you basically have a sleepover every night, have every conversation there is to have, and know way too much detail about their love life. You also see them at their absolute worst.

19. If you're still friends after you've lived with someone you're probably friends for life.

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