No matter whether you’re starting Uni this year or coming back for your second or third year, you’re probably on the hunt for a place to live. Deciding whether to live by yourself or to share a home with other students, however, can be a little bit daunting.
Should you live alone, or rent a flat or home with someone else? House sharing offers a great number of advantages that can make your student life a thousand times easier, and happier! So, here are some ways you can benefit from living with a housemate when going to Uni.
1. You’ll Save Money
The big one.
As a student, you’ll want to save as much money as possible; after all, is there a better feeling than being able to have a pint with your friends at the end of a stressful day on campus? Sharing a home with other students will enable you to share the financial responsibility with them, which will significantly reduce your cost of living.
And by saving money when it comes to expenses like rent and bills, you’ll have more left for the things that really matter to you (and if the rent is already cheap in the first place, what a bargain).
2. You’ll Make New Friends
Older students might be sharing a home with their friends, but if you’re just starting Uni this year, you probably don’t know anyone. So, what better opportunity to meet new people and make new friends than by sharing a house with someone else?
This will give you the chance to expand your circle of friends further by meeting people who are already friends of your housemates as well. All of this is a great way to get to know students from different backgrounds and cultures, which will improve your personal experience during University!
3. You’ll Have Someone Else to Help You Clean
If you choose to live by yourself, you have the whole place to take care of. This includes cleaning the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom, etc., as well as taking out the trash by your lonesome. Sharing a home with other people means that you won’t be the only one doing all of these tasks.
Creating a weekly schedule that tells everyone what they have to do, will make it easy to keep the house clean, and, most importantly, you won’t have to do it all by yourself. Instead of spending an afternoon or evening deep-cleaning everything, you’ll be able to go out with friends or simply relax around the house.
4. You’ll Have Someone to Share Moments With
By living with one or more housemates, you don’t have to worry about feeling lonely. You’ll still have your privacy, but when it comes to sharing both good and bad moments, you’ll have someone there to share them with!
You can cook together, watch a movie and go for a walk; a housemate can also be a shoulder to cry on when you need one. Living with other people can give you a great support system that is perfect for any student living away from their parents, particularly for the first time. When you’re missing everyone back home, you can be comforted by the fact that you’re not alone.
In addition, there is something very special about sharing your life with someone who understands what you’re going through with Uni. The stress of studying for exam week, the nerves before presenting a paper; you’ll have someone there who just gets it, and that’s very important, especially when you really need to vent!
5. You’ll Have a Reliable Partner
Imagine the situation: you’re in a hurry to get to class, because your alarm didn’t ring, but you’re halfway to campus when you realise you’ve forgotten something important at home. What a nightmare! But house sharing means that you don’t have to drop everything you’re doing to go back to your place and get whatever it is you forgot.
Also, if you lock yourself out of your house (a more common occurrence than you might think), you don’t have to call a professional to pick the lock on your door. Simply ring your housemate, and they’ll let you back inside. No need to break into your own home!
House sharing may very well present you with the invaluable opportunity for personal growth and adventure, so don’t miss out on the benefits of having a housemate. If you’re looking to book last-minute, contact Student Housing Lancaster, and we’ll be more than happy to help you find your home.