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Flat sharing v living alone


Post by Taislany Gomes • October 15, 2019 • Other

Data from the Office for National Statistics tells us that more and more Brits are renting each year. The number of households in the private rented sector in the UK has risen from 2.8 million in 2007 to 4.5 million 10 years later — an increase of 63%.

That growth is due in part to rising house prices, economic struggles and changing preferences. Whatever the reasons however, the next dilemma renters face after settling on a location is whether to flatshare or go it alone.

Whether you’re moving home for the first or fifth time, here are four key considerations.

Cost

Although the cost will very much be dependent on the standard and location of a flat, sharing almost always works out cheaper than renting solo. This way you’ll split the costs of key outgoings like your rent and utility bills, as well as any new furniture or amenities. You’ll also share up-front costs such as your deposit — however you choose to pay for it.

Having more money left over after bills will allow you to save more for the future or spend it elsewhere. That counts for food, shopping, the gym, and whatever else you like to get up to.

Privacy

At the same time, having your personal space gives you the freedom to really treat it like your own. That means coming and going as you choose, walking around dressed how you wish, and always being first in the queue for the shower or the oven.

If you’re sharing the cooking, washing and social spaces, you won’t have this luxury and will need to be prepared to make compromises.

Socialising

A downside of privacy, however, is loneliness. Having people around in a flat share will give you someone to talk to when you need to and can be especially comforting if you’re still getting used to a new area.

Your flatmate may also have their own network of friends that you could be able to get introduced to. If you’re lucky, you might make friends for life.

Cleanliness

While most flat shares won’t live up to the kind of hygiene horror stories you hear about in university halls, two people’s mess means more to tidy up. If one person isn’t pulling their weight in order to keep things clean, the other will quickly get frustrated.

We all have our own good and bad habits, so this one ultimately depends on the type of person you are.

 

Which option are you leaning towards? Weigh up your priorities and find a flat that suits you down to a tee.

 

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