Whether you’ve overstayed your welcome at your parents’ home, or you’ve moved to a new city, at some point you will need to make the crucial choice between living on your own or with a flatmate.
To help you decide, we’ve put together a simple list of pros and cons for each:
- You can do what you want, when you want without having to consult others.
- Ultimate privacy and independence.
- No flatmate drama to deal with.
- You do not have to share amenities like a single bathroom!
- You can decorate exactly how you would like.
- It can be costly as you have no one to share the cost of rent with.
- You will have to do all household chores on your own.
- It can get lonely.
Living with a Flatmate
- It is a lot more cost effective.
- You have companionship, which is especially good after a hard day.
- You have a greater chance of meeting new people through your flatmate.
- Household chores and grocery costs are shared.
- There can be disagreements if your flatmate does not hold up their end of the bargain in terms of household chores and cleanliness.
- You have to be respectful of their space and considerate with your actions. If your flatmate works at 5am, you cannot have a friend over until midnight making noise.
- Being in close quarters with others can sometimes lead to friction if you are not conscious about allowing time and freedom to have your own space.
- If you are moving in with a friend or partner, there is a risk of ruining the relationship. Not every personality type can successfully live together.