It can be a little daunting when you first start squatting or couch-crashing with someone. First, there could be an awkwardness about what to do and what not to do. Also, the last thing either of you wants is for the other person to feel uncomfortable or like a burden.  

There are a few things you can do to be helpful in the house. The most important thing is to be respectful of their space and belongings; always ask before using anything, and try to keep your area clean.

In addition, you can be helpful without infringing on anyone’s space. For example, making yourself useful in the kitchen, offering to do the laundry, taking out the garbage, cleaning up after yourself, helping with the dishes, staying out of the way, and so on.  

Tips for being a good housemate while couch-crashing

Clean up after yourself. This is probably the most important rule. If you make a mess, clean it up.

Don’t be a slob. This goes along with the first tip—try to keep your living space as neat and tidy as possible.


Be considerate of others. If someone is trying to sleep, don’t make too much noise. And try not to monopolize certain things such as the TV, the bathroom and couches. 

Be respectful of the host’s belongings. If you borrow something, make sure to return it in the same condition it was in when you borrowed it.

Help with the groceries. It’s always nice to bring over a few grocery items. This way, they don’t have to worry about making a trip to the store frequently. 


Communicate often. To avoid resentments, communicate your needs and grudges freely with your housemate. Don’t give unnecessary attitude or be rude. 

Express gratitude. There are various ways you can show how grateful you are. Buy them gifts, if it won’t make things awkward, give shoulder/neck massages or foot rubs when they’re tired, and so on. 

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