6 Objects that will break the ice with your new flatmates

25 Sep 2020
By Daniel, Writer at Unite Students

Nervous about living with strangers? It’s perfectly natural but, rest assured, those nerves won't last forever.

If you’d like to speed up the bonding process, here are six items that will help you do exactly that.

1) Jenga

With a mix of nerves and excitement, you'll feel more like a kid than you have for years when you start uni. Ironic, given it’s your first proper experience of independence. Ride it out by doing what kids do best: playing games.

With Jenga you get a multiplayer game that keeps your nervous hands busy and is over quickly enough that you can all go explore when the ice is all broken up.

2) Brownies

You’ll never be short of friends if you can bake. And anybody can bake. Make a tray of brownies for your new flatmates and they'll love you forever.

It’ll give you all the perfect excuse to sit down and get to know each other. 

3) Spotify playlist

Not an object in the physical sense, but all that data has to live somewhere, as something. So make a playlist of your favourite songs and pop it on while you’re doing things in your room.

Your open door will encourage your new flatmates to say hello, and the music is an easy route into conversation. You might even find a fellow Steps fan.

4) Blankets

One of my first housemates went to Ikea shortly after we all moved in. She came back with a blanket for each of us. They cost her about £2 each, and we all had a different colour.

We used them on Sundays when we felt a bit fragile and just wanted to watch movies and eat snacks together. We also used them to build a fort. Great gift, great times.

5) Small plant

This one shows a touch of class. Invest in a small houseplant, something you can all look after, to demonstrate your status as both team player and tender soul.

I’ve never lived in a shared house where the plants didn’t have names. What will you call yours? Great ice-breaking opportunity as you collectively decide.

6) Joke book

Tim Vine is the king of one-line comedy. You can get a used copy of The Biggest Ever Tim Vine Joke Book for just 1p on Amazon.

It’ll be a worthwhile investment - nothing calms the nerves or cheers up a fellow flatmate better than a silly laugh.

How much does a polar bear weigh?

I don’t know, but it breaks the ice.

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Daniel is a writer at Unite Students.