Etiquette That Will Help You Survive In Coliving


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In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of young professionals moving to new cities to study and work. An interesting concept of social life really attracts such people. As we know, the phenomenon of co-living is a new trend that is sweeping Indian cities. This is similar to when you move to a distant city with no family or friends and no support structure. However, today, you don't have to worry about things like buying a refrigerator or washing machine or setting up an internet connection, and even if you're single, you can enjoy the benefits of shared living communities.


Living together with strangers

One of the great aspects of gaining independence and starting a life on your own in co-living communities is the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life. In fact, these people are strangers to you at first, and it will take time to build rapport and connections. Given the individuality of every person, be it an introvert or an extrovert, determining their personality can be a challenging task.

On the other hand, living with like-minded people provides a huge opportunity that co-living communities provide, so the chances of socializing really increase. Living in such a community ensures that you will never feel alone; there will always be someone to talk to and share your thoughts with.

Living with strangers becomes easier when it happens within a co-living community. If you want to be alone, that's absolutely fine; you can always stay in your room, and on the other hand, if you want to interact with people, that's also easy to do.


Tips, tricks, and etiquette for surviving cohabiting communities

Let's look at some tips, techniques, and etiquette to help you determine what actions to take and avoid when you're co-living.


Don't disconnect, connect

Moving away from your home can make you feel homesick. Instead of avoiding contact with others, try actively interacting with people. This doesn't mean you need to become sociable for life, but isolating yourself from others won't do you any good. When you share a space, a simple greeting or even a friendly smile can be the start of a healthy relationship that can help avoid loneliness and boredom.


Be an active member of the community

Coliving gives you access to a huge community, and now the decision whether to actively engage in it or stay on the sidelines is entirely in your hands. I would recommend being as active as possible, participating in activities, and getting to know your neighbors and other residents. Take an active part in the process of forming connections with those you cohabitate with.


Follow the rules

Always adhere to established house rules regarding noise, privacy, and guest occupancy. These rules are not intended to limit you but rather to take into account the comfort of your neighbors. Violating the rules and regulations established upon move-in may seem insignificant to you, but remember: this is not just your space; it is a shared space, and it is important to respect this fact.


Promise to keep common areas tidy

If you find it difficult to keep your living space tidy, you can opt for a one-room arrangement and keep only your personal area tidy. Try to be a resident that everyone is happy to see in the shared space - always participate in maintaining common areas and respecting them. Also, be mindful of the dining areas and kitchen, as they are meant to be used by everyone, so clean up after yourself. These little things will help you maintain good relationships with everyone in your living space.