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Living in a shared flat: Expectations vs Reality

Hello Erasmus community and anyone else!

In this article, we will talk about “Living in a shared flat: Expectations vs Reality“. The Flacommy Team asked one Erasmus student who is experiencing for the first time the living in a WG about what he expected about it before moving in with his flatmates vs how the reality is.


Expectation 1: He expected to share a cozy common area with his flatmates such as a living room in order to chat and have some drinks together.

Reality 1: There is no living room in the flat. There is just a kitchen area and people don’t spend much time in there.

Comment 1: He will look for a flat with common area next time.


Expectation 2: Eating with the flatmates in the evening on a regular basis and sharing the expenses together.

Reality 2: They do share expenses when they are eating together in their flat-sharing community in Budapest, however each flatmate has a different schedules and activities, therefore they do not eat together often.

Comment 2: The Dutch website (also available as a mobile app and in English!) is a useful tool to share expenses with flatmates or friends. You can use it if you buy some groceries together or for any other activities where you have to share expenses.


Expectation 3:  He was expected the flat in Budapest to be a bit dirty as 4 people would share the flat.

Reality 3: Thanks to a cleaning plan, the flatmates are maintaining a good level of cleanliness in the flat.

Comment 3: The cleaning plan has to be fairly shared. Each one has to put the same amount of effort.


Although all the expectations were not met, he is still happy with the experience of living in a Shared Flat here in Budapest. He may renew the experience later when coming back to his home country.

And don’t forget to have a look on our post about “What activities do you share?” – the WG shows that you can have a lot of fun together, even though not all your expectations are met.

Are you also living in a shared flat? Did you also have expectations before moving in the new flat-sharing community and with new flatmates? Did the reality meet your expectations? Share you experience with us and post a little comment!

Have a nice day ! Cheers

This post first appeared on Flacommy - Your Sharing Community Guide - From Students For Students, please read the originial post: here

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