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‘My housemate is bullying me’

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“I moved into a shared house in September as the only student nurse in a group of six. The first couple of months or so went really well, we came up with all these plans for house meals and cleaning rotas. I thought it was going to be a really fun year.

“But in the run-up to us all going home at Christmas one person started accusing me of not pulling my weight. I kept having to defend how much washing up I was doing and when I needed a bit of time out after a tough day on placement, I spent an evening in my room and they made “jokey” comments about me being unsociable.

“The others seem to be sort of glad to have a scapegoat in the house, they’re not as bad but they don’t stick up for me. I was last to pay my share of the electricity bill and the way they went on about it, you’d have thought I’d not being paying for months!

“I thought things might be better when we got back in January but if anything, it’s worse. I can’t leave the house until the contract ends in September so I need to make the situation more manageable. Any advice?”

- Anonymous

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  • You cant afford to let it affect your study. There are options- house meeting to discuss issues, ask if you can move and someone else move in(with no financial burden to you), or can you all work together. Obviously, not paying on time is a significant issue(and your are underplaying it!). However, your course is different from the courses they are studying and has certain demands. They may not appreciate it currently, but then again you did not consider how moving in with people with different course demands(just as valid as yours-nursing is not a get out card) and life-styles .

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