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A flatshare or houseshare is the name given to a flat or house that is shared. A flatmate or housemate is an unrelated person with whom one shares a flat, house, studio or apartment. This practice is common in cities where rents are high such as London. In English, a flatmate is referred to as a housemate or roommate (no concise term equivalent to flatshare is in common use). Flatsharing, typically practised by unmarried people to reduce the cost of housing, is common in North America and Europe.

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Reasons to Share a Flat:

The most common reason for sharing housing is to reduce the cost of housing. In many rental markets, the monthly rent for a two- or three-bedroom apartment is proportionately less per bedroom than the rent for a one-bedroom apartment (in other words, a three-bedroom flat costs somewhat more than a one-bedroom, but not three times as much). By pooling their monthly housing money, a group of people can achieve a lower housing expense at the cost of less privacy. Other motivations are to gain better amenities than those available in single-person housing, to share the work of maintaining a household, and to have the companionship of other people.


Finding the Right One:

One difficulty is finding suitable flatmates. A recent survey shows that flatsharers consider personal security and financial savings as most important in determining their flatsharing needs. Cleanliness and honesty were also considered crucial to a successful flatshare. Agencies exist for matching up suitable flatmates. Some universities organise matching up events. Living with a flatmate can mean much less privacy than having a flat on your own, and for some people this can cause a lot of stress. Advice on the ideal size for a flatshare varies widely; some advice a size of 3–4 flatmates. Larger flatshares often suffer from disputes of a partisan nature, especially when no flatmate has the time or will to come forward as a "flat leader" to administrate bill payments, cleaning, etc. Double flatshares are susceptible to animosity too, as there flatmates can get annoyed with each other very easily.


Sharing a room - What is a roommate :

A roommate is a person with whom one shares a room or rooms. Affectionately known as a roomie. Another term, suitemate is also used in rare circumstances that refers to roommates who may prefer similar climates but do not necessarily have much in common as far as goals or world view. In the UK, roommate normally refers to a person sharing the same room, whereas in the U.S. it typically refers to a person sharing the same house or apartment irrespective of whether they share the same room (bedroom). The latter would usually be referred to as a housemate or flatmate (flat being the common British word for apartment), if they shared the same house or apartment but not the same room. In most university dormitories, roommates are of the same sex. Cohabitants of apartments are also termed roommates. However, unmarried couples living together are generally not labeled roommates. One of the more difficult tasks for the house office in college is matching roommates for incoming freshmen. Some statistics show that the academic grades, study style, social behavior and personality of one roommate will affect the other roommate's academic performance. In Japan, people rarely live with roommates; perhaps given that most houses there are not designed to be shared by strangers. Roommates are a fairly common point of reference in Western culture, especially in North America. Therefore, many novels, movies, plays, and television programs employ roommates as a basic principle or a plot device.



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- Despite what people might say, you will find somewhere to stay even if you start looking one week before. The house market in the UK is extremely active.

- If you are not happy in your houseshare. Just change. It is common for Londoners to change 2 or 3 times a year.

- You are in the UK. Therefore Laws, Customs, Traditions, Regulations are different. Do not expect things like home. Do not be Naive or your will quickly learn British Pragmatism, or the Famous: "Tough Luck ! "

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London International:

As you will probably share your flat with more than one nationality. Here are some traductions of the word flatshare or flatmate:

Swiss Flag drapeau suisse switzerland bandera suisa French Flag - Drapeau France Belgium Flag - Belgian - Drapeau Belge Belgique Canadian Flag - Drapeau Canadien - Canada Français/French =Colloc,Coloc,Colocataire, Colocation

German flag drapeau allemand bandera alemana austrian flag austria drapeau autrichien autriche bandera Deutsche/German = Mitbewohner - Mitbewohner - Wohngemeinschaft - WG Zimmer

italian flag italy drapeau italien italie bandera italia Italiano/ Italian = Coabitante - Coinquilino

spanish flag spain drapeau espagnol espagne bandera espanola espana argentinian flag argentina drapeau argentin argentine bandera chilean flag chile drapeau chilien chilie bandera chilena chile mexican flag mexico drapeau mexicain bandera mexicana Español/ Spanish = Coinquillino - Convecino


Film to Watch: "Pot Luck" (L'Auberge Espagnole)

2002 French film directed and written by Cédric Klapisch. It is about Xavier, an Economics graduate student studying for a year in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Erasmus programme, where he encounters and learns from a group of students who hail from all over Western Europe. The title of the film literally means "the Spanish hostel", and is a French idiom for something where you get out what you put into it. It is also sometimes used to mean a busy, chaotic place. The English title of the film is Pot Luck in the UK and Canada; Euro Pudding is an international title it was given. In Spain, where it is set, it was released as Una casa de locos — "Madhouse". The film's portrayal is in the first-person perspective of the main character, Xavier, and is hence mainly narrated in French. Some of the dialogue is in English however, and a significant amount is in Spanish, as well as small amounts in Catalan, Danish, German and Italian. The marketing for the film tends to focus on Audrey Tautou - the movie's most internationally well-known star - despite the fact that she only plays a relatively small supporting role in the film. The movie has a sequel, The Russian Dolls. You can get the movie here: Pot Luck & Russian Dolls - The Pot Luck Double Pack

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