When going to university people always want to impart some kind of wisdom onto you about the do’s and don’ts of freshers, flatmates and your course; but the overriding golden rule always seems to be the same - don’t sleep with your flat mates.
If you’re thinking about sleeping with a flat mate there are a few important questions you need to ask yourself…
1. How close is too close? Is your flat off limits but your building or floor ok?
2. Do you kick them out to walk a few metres back to their own room or do you awkwardly try and share your single bed?
3. Do you hide it from the rest of the flat to save your reputation (or have they already heard? After all, the walls are thin).
Picture the morning after the night before, all the alcohol has worn off, you’re left with the hangover from hell, and what’s worse: the memory of last night’s numerous mistakes. In the morning’s cold light, your intoxicated romance is much less Romeo and Juliet and more like dodgy rom-com on Netflix (that no one chills too).
With a stomach filled with regret (and those trebles from sinners which seemed like a good idea at the time) you begin to question your thought processes from the night before. And that’s when you realise, there was no thought process, just lots, and lots of vodka.
In the long term your halls will become your home, and your flatmates your family, does it then feel slightly incestuous? They’ll see you looking/ smelling/ acting at your worst. And what about when you actually meet someone you like, will it be awkward between them and you’re new love interest?
No matter how drunk you are, or how fit they are, sleeping with a flatmate always leads to complication and drama; so therefore our words of wisdom: Don’t do it!!
On the other hand, what credentials do the people telling you not to sleep with your flatmates actually have? These people always sound so sure it’s the wrong thing to do, but the truth is, we can never really know. Therefore we must make our own mistakes, try it yourself and form your own opinion from personal experience.
You’re in a strange city with even stranger people, how do you overcome the initial fear of the unknown? Freshers is all about breaking the rules, creating memories (good and bad) and bonding with your flatmates. And what better way to bond, then to see them naked. After all, the advice to picture people in their underwear in nerve-racking situations is as well told as advice not to sleep with your flatmate.
To counter the points made earlier...
1. You may see your flatmates everyday but it’s pretty easy to avoid people on your floor or in the rest of the building if you have too.
2. The answer is simple – kick them out to avoid them seeing morning breath, panda eyes and post-sex hair. An undeniable benefit is a shortened walk of shame- literally across the length of your flat.
3. Deny deny deny! (However things rarely stay a secret).
One fifth of British students meet their life long partner at University so who knows, your drunken fumble could lead to a lifetime of happiness. Surely it’s better to succumb to the sexual tension during freshers, at least then if it’s an anti- climax you can simply blame it on the numerous shots of vodka and the tortuous game of Ring of Fire and say nothing more about it. At least you tried.