Optimum number of housemates?

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How many people do you/did you live with when you moved out of halls and into the private sector? Do you think that number is just right, too many, too few...?

I've been invited into a house with 2 friends I love to bits but was just worried that 3 people might be a bit claustrophobic and that we might get on each other's nerves. Anyone got any advice/experience to share?
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(Original post by dazednconfused)
How many people do you/did you live with when you moved out of halls and into the private sector? Do you think that number is just right, too many, too few...?

I've been invited into a house with 2 friends I love to bits but was just worried that 3 people might be a bit claustrophobic and that we might get on each other's nerves. Anyone got any advice/experience to share?
6!

3 and 5 can lead to cliques and people being 'left out'.
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(Original post by dazednconfused)
How many people do you/did you live with when you moved out of halls and into the private sector? Do you think that number is just right, too many, too few...?

I've been invited into a house with 2 friends I love to bits but was just worried that 3 people might be a bit claustrophobic and that we might get on each other's nerves. Anyone got any advice/experience to share?
3 would get on my nerves. If you decide to live there, make sure you all have plenty of friends from other areas of your lives who are living close by so you can go round and see them if things get stressed.

I think 4 or 5 is the ideal number - the more of you there are, the easier it is for some people to end up being left out, the less there are, the more annoying certain people will get!!
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i know someone (a guy) who lived in a house with 5 girls for a year. he had great fun!!!
i reckon about 8 is maximum, it all depends on the size of the place, if its a flat then 4 maximum, if its a house maybe more?
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i know someone (a guy) who lived in a house with 5 girls for a year. he had great fun!!!
i reckon about 8 is maximum, it all depends on the size of the place, if its a flat then 4 maximum, if its a house maybe more?
i live with a couple, its okish.
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i live in a flat of 10 girls at the mo... never ever again (although we have had some really funny times, it's all been *****-central)

next year they'll be 4 of us- i reckon 6 would be about the best

lou xxx
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i'm in residences at the moment with a flat of 8, and we're looking to possibly keep the same group when we look for houses for next year.
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I think between 4-6 because then there is always somebody around/nearby but you get some privacy. Also makes finding houses and a good house easier with numbers like that.
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I think someone I know managed to get a house for 9 people. Although I'm going to be in a group of 4. I think most people I know are going to be in groups of 5/6.
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There's 4 of us in our house at the moment, and that way it will stay until the end of our respective degrees.

We wrile eachother up at times, but very rarely is there a sense of any one being left out.

As for space, it very much depends on the house.

6 people in a mid-terrace is too much !! Particularly as chances are that you lost what would be a living room, so all lock yourselves away in your rooms all the time.

We're quite fortunate that we have an extended end terrace - so we have room for 4 people including a living room - which is a rare thing.
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6 people in a mid-terrace is too much !! Particularly as chances are that you lost what would be a living room, so all lock yourselves away in your rooms all the time.

We're quite fortunate that we have an extended end terrace - so we have room for 4 people including a living room - which is a rare thing.
I guess it depends on the town you're in. We had 6 in a mid-terrace in Swansea - we all had large rooms, we had a lounge and a large kitchen...
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(Original post by Fluffy)
6!

3 and 5 can lead to cliques and people being 'left out'.
Indeed they can...
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one of my friends is living in a 10 bedroom house atm how cool! a bit crazy tho id imagine....
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I've lived in a house of 5 twice and had a wonderful year. The two times I've lived with 6 its been horrible.
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Yep, I live with two housemates. They're my friends from uni (altho one of them, she goes to a different uni to us), and we get along fine, so it's all good :cool:
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I live with two this year, and might be living with 12 (!!!!) next year.
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There are 7 of us in our house at the moment (4 bedroom with 2 extra bedrooms downstairs) but we were all good friends before we moved in. It's better to be with lots of people IMO - i would get really lonely if it was just me and one or 2 other people.
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I'm thinking about moving into a house with 5 others, making a 6. Another of my flat mates I think wants to live with us, and althuogh I dont mind living with her to make a 7, the other people (that I want to live with more) think she would bring tension to the house and dont want to live with her.

We're gonna tell her we dont think it would be a good move but its gonna be horrible...
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(Original post by Jenna999)
I'm thinking about moving into a house with 5 others, making a 6. Another of my flat mates I think wants to live with us, and althuogh I dont mind living with her to make a 7, the other people (that I want to live with more) think she would bring tension to the house and dont want to live with her.

We're gonna tell her we dont think it would be a good move but its gonna be horrible...
ooooh there's always such tensions when people are choosing houses! I was so glad that I was living with friends outside of halls, made things much easier!
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we have a flat meeting next wednesday to try and sort out the housing situation for next year. it's going to be rather interesting.......
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