Shared Living Shared Living in the Flats

Suggestions for shared living norms

  1. Distribute common household chores (make a chore list):
    1. Take out the garbage
    2. Bring in the mail
    3. Buy toilet paper
    4. Clean the WC
    5. Sweep the hall and sitting room floor
    6. Water the plants
    7. Use the washing machine and empty it
    8. Erc...
  2. Establish a schedule for quiet time when everyone in the apartment reduces their noise level for studying or sleeping.
  3. Buy common household goods such as: oil, toilet paper, liquid soap, laundry detergent, etc.
  4. Establish visiting hours when friends may visit the apartment during the day (people without a contract cannot stay in the apartment overnight).
  5. Always wash your dishes (pots, pans, plates, cups, silverware, etc.) after using them, to keep the sink clean.
  6. Student’s personal objects must always be stored inside their own room (don’t leave personal items inside the bathroom, or in the living room).

Relationship with other flatmates

If at any time a student becomes very sick, their flatmates have the obligation to inform ALUNI’s office immediately (If it is extremely urgent, call an ambulance by dialing 112). If the student is not extremely sick, but needing of assistance, ALUNI expects flat mates will help the student by buying medicine, making food, etc.

In an attempt to guarantee a fast Internet service for all the students in an apartment, neither the TV connection online nor P2P are permitted through the apartment WI-FI. If so, students will see the Internet service affected.

If a student has problems living with their flatmates, it is most likely the case that one of the students is not complying with their obligations set forth in their contract (for example, not participating in the common housework as agreed, bringing people to the apartment, etc.) In this case, the student(s) affected by the misbehavior must know that it is not their problem but the problem of the student who is misbehaving. The best way to fix problems like these is by simply speaking with the student, and if it is necessary, informing the ALUNI office. It would be very unfair for a student who follows the rules of the contract to be “forced” to leave the apartment because of the abuse of another.

Relationships with the owner

When the owners directly administer their apartments, they are usually the ones who communicate with the students. Naturally, students should treat owners considerately and respectfully without abusing their trust.

Since the contracts are drawn up for renting a room rather than an entire apartment, the owner has the right to visit the communal areas of the apartment whenever they see necessary. However, ALUNI has suggested that owners do not visit more than once a week.

Unless it is an emergency (dangerous damage to the apartment), the owner should not enter the apartment between 10 at night and 9 in the morning.

In some cases, mail or bills will arrive to the apartment addressed to the owner. In such case, the students should give the mail to the owner or drop it off in ALUNI’s office.

ALUNI as a mediator

In the case that there is a misunderstanding between the owner and students or between students themselves, ALUNI advises that students inform ALUNI so that may act as a mediator. In this way, ALUNI can usually solve the problem calmly and objectively.

Relationships with the neighbors

If the students are suffering mistreatment, excessive noise, or any other problems from the neighbors, it is advised that ALUNI be notified directly.