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Across the UK, January is one of the most common times of the year for students to drop out. Whether that’s because the course is not what they thought, or because university just isn’t for them, January is the time that around 20% of students are most likely to leave university. So what does this mean for your uni house? Well, you may want to find a new flatmate to fill the gap. So just how do you go about choosing new flatmates? Here at Let Pads, we have produced this guide to help you know what to ask and what to look for.

Ask what they look for in a house

This is one of the most important questions to ask your new flatmate. After all, if they are looking for a lively home with a lot of parties, and your student accommodation is more of a retreat, you probably wont see eye to eye for very long.

Find out what they eat

This might seem like a personal question, and it probably wont be a deal breaker, but if one of you is a strict vegan, and the other enjoys rare steak, cooking and kitchen spaces can get even more territorial. You might even need to set up a system for one person to always cook before the other.

What do they study at university?

Most people initially want to live with people on the same course as them. You can share textbooks, help each other with assignments, and you’ll always have someone to sit with in lectures and seminars. However, there are some potential drawbacks. After all, if you are on the same course, you will all have deadlines and exams at exactly the same time. This means a house full of stressed out students! Possibly not the best idea.

If you come back to university this January and your flat mate has left, we hope you this guide helps you to find the perfect person to live with.