Living Alone vs Living with a Flatmate

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:

Living Alone

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find a home! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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