(Original post by me, myself and I)
Hmm, this is a tough one. I'm in a sort of similar situation but a year later. This year I shared with 4 of my friends (2 guys, 2 girls + 1 guy's girlfriend who is always round, so basically 6 of us) and stayed in a flat in private halls. The halls themselves are VERY rowdy anyway, almost like being in first year all over again. Rowdiness is fun during freshers but it can get tiresome after another year, let me tell you.
Anyway, my friends themselves, whilst I still absolutely love them to bits, have been very difficult for me to live with. They are all very loud and stay awake till the early hours almost every night. This is fair enough a couple of times a week when we'd go out or whatever, but almost every night, and for no reason, it was just a bit ridiculous. I have a very heavy timetable and I was in basically every morning at uni at 10am so found this hard, and ended up sleeping through a lot of morning lectures as i'd had a bad nights sleep
They don't purposely mean to annoy me/wake me up obviously but as I'm such a light sleeper even them having a conversation in the corridor is very disturbing because the walls here are basically made of cardboard. The boys playfight and pretend-wrestle etc all the time...
Exam time has been particularly difficult. I have the longest exam period out of them all (they all finish this week, i finish next week) so I am absolutely dreading the week where they'll be messing around enjoying post-exam life and i'll be stressing over my last one! I have an exam today for example, and got woken up last night at 2am as one of them had friends round. I went out and told them to be quiet and said I had an exam but tbh I've told my flatmates SO many times to be quiet this year that I just feel like a fusspot now.
I haven't ever let on just how unhappy I have been this year to them as I don't want to ruin our friendship, and am not a very firm person as it is, but next year I'm living with different friends, in a house. And just 3 of us girls, so that should be much better for finals
Anyway, personal ramblings all aside, your friends would need to find a replacement tenant for you if you were to leave. I don't really know if your signing the lease means you can actually back out (check with the letting agency on this) but you would probably lose any deposit money you paid in anyway.
Have you thought about where you would live instead? As I'm guessing most people have sorted houses by now, right?
I hope you get something sorted though. The reason I told you my story is that I've found this year very very difficult and i'd like to think it hasn't affected my friendships with them, but it just goes to show that being friends with people and living with them are two entirely different stories altogether, and you have every right to think twice!
Good luck with whatever you decide xx