New to co-living? It might take some time getting used to living under the same roof as people you don’t know initially. But have an open mind and be receptive to new experiences.
Here’s how you can make the best out of living in a co-living space.
Start by saying hello
Living with strangers can be daunting initially. But you should make the effort to know your fellow flatmates who are staying in the same shared co-living space as you. While it’s fine to just head to your room after you come home from work, try to break the ice.
Start by saying hello whenever you bump into each other in the hallway or when you happen to meet in shared spaces such as the kitchen or dining room. It’s as simple as that. Take it slowly from there.
Do your part to keep shared spaces clean
Although co-living spaces come with housekeeping services, you’ll still need to keep spaces clean in common areas such as the kitchen.
After you’re done with cooking and eating, clean up immediately – wash the dishes, pots and pans, and throw the trash. That way, the kitchen will be kept clean for the next person who uses it.
If you share a common bathroom, do make an effort to clean up after using it. Pick up fallen hair to avoid clogging up the shower drain, flush the toilet properly, wipe excess toothpaste from the sink and wipe the bathroom floor to avoid leaving a wet mess.
Doing your bit will help to avoid conflict and preserve a harmonious living environment in your co-living apartment.
Enjoy the condo facilities
One of the greatest perks of living in a co-living space in a condo is the opportunity to enjoy condo living. Condos come with facilities such as a gym, swimming pool, tennis court, BBQ pit, function room or jogging track.
This gives you the opportunity to not only enjoy an active lifestyle but also a cool social lifestyle as well. Still, living in a condo comes with certain responsibilities so do be mindful of condo rules.
Communication is key
Should problems arise with your flatmates, it’s always a good idea to iron them out before the issue blows up. Always be tactful and use the right tone of voice to avoid being misunderstood. Don’t use an accusatory tone, otherwise you’ll put the other party on a defensive mode and things may get out of hand.
If you’ve tried communicating and nothing seems to improve, you can always ask your landlord to step in and help to mediate the situation.
Hang out together
Living in a co-living unit provides you with the opportunity to expand your social circle, especially if you’ve moved to Singapore without knowing a single soul at first.
Who knows, once you’ve gotten to know your flatmates a little better, you may even become friends. During weekends, you can even explore Singapore together or do activities such as going to the gym, dining out or catching a movie together.
We hope you enjoy your co-living experience in Singapore.