Though many students dream of having their own place, just as many are terrified of the actual prospect of living alone.
Without a roommate, you become solely responsible for bills and chores. Not to mention there’s no one at home to talk to. What if you get lonely? And what if there’s an emergency? Will you be able to handle it on your own?
Yet, living alone is one of the most amazing adult experiences, and one you should all try at least once, in order to develop true independence, self-reliance, and a sense of accountability.
Are there any other benefits to living alone? Yes, there are. Check out College Mate’s ten reasons we think living alone is pretty damn awesome.
1. Peace of Mind
If you’ve lived with a roommate from hell, then you should know that there are many shady characters that can make having a roommate a terrible, and even terrifying experience.
Of course, there are also amazing roommates that are a joy to have, but by living alone, you never have to roll the dice to see which one you end up with.
2. Keep your Secrets
Ever walked out of the bathroom in your towel, only to realise your roommate had a friend over, who is now ogling every inch of your skin? The downside of having a roommate – especially if you share a bedroom or bathroom – is that your privacy goes right out the window.
When you have your own place, no one needs to know your every move, when you come and go, who you’re seeing, or any other aspect of your life that you want to keep to yourself.
3. No Distractions
Roommates can be highly distracting when there’s work to be done. For this reason, many college students often opt to study away from home, where they are guaranteed quiet time and less distractions.
However, when there are no roommates gushing over their new crush, or complaining about that terrible calculus class, it’s a lot easier to focus and get your studying and assignments done at home, and on time.
4. No Hounding Roommates for Rent Money
One of the worst roommates we warned you about last week, was the one who either refused to pay their full half of the bills, or who never had their rent money on time.
This can be frustrating, especially if the bills are in your name, and if your roommate is particularly skilled at hiding out when bills are due. When you’re the only one responsible for the bills, the only person in the way of getting them paid on time is you.
5. Be as Clean or Messy as you Like
The more people in a house, the less likely it is to be clean. Roommates often shirk their duties, expecting someone else to clean up the mess. Or, they may carry a chip on their shoulder about cleaning up shared spaces, because that means cleaning up after someone else.
This is easily fixed by sharing duties, but often times, especially when males are involved, this doesn’t work out in practice as well it does in theory. When you have your own place, the only person you have to clean up after is yourself. Likewise, if you prefer to be a slob, no one will get on your back about it now. It’s all on you.
6. Nothing out of Place
This may sound overrated, but when you experience it for yourself, you will understand the thrill of coming home to find everything exactly as you left it. You never have to hunt down a roommate to find out who moved the remote, or where the wok is so you can make some stir fry.
Neither is your favourite pair of shoes or dress mysteriously missing from the closet after being gone for a weekend; or your leftovers from the epic dinner you made the day before; or the money you stashed in the bedside table for next month’s rent…
7. Full Creative Freedom
As a teenager, you probably spent a lot of time experimenting with your look, and trying to figure out what worked for you. As an adult, especially a young adult, you may find yourself doing exactly that with your living space, which is now an extended representation of who you are, and what you like.
When there’s no roommate to compromise with about colors, furniture, and appliances, you can set up every square inch of your home exactly as you want it.
8. No Permission Needed
Aside from creativity, there are many other things you often need permission from your roommate for – at least, if you intend on keeping the peace.
When you live by yourself, you don’t need to consult with anyone else about family and friends visiting for extended periods of time, throwing a party, or playing music until 3AM.
You are accountable to no one. At home, you are King and Queen of your own castle.
9. Sleep in Undisturbed
Even when you don’t share a bedroom, if your roommate’s schedule doesn’t match yours, you can count on being woken up in the morning before your alarm clock, while they bang pots for breakfast, and open and shut cupboards.
When you live by yourself, unless you have the misfortune of thin walls and noisy neighbors, you can sleep in for as long as you like, and make no excuses for it.
10. Better Social Life
It’s easy to turn your roommate into your social crutch, whether you’re dating them, married to them, or just happen to live in the same apartment.
With no roommate to keep your company, you’ll be far more likely to expand your social circle, go out, meet new people, and have a good time, on your own terms, when you feel like it.
Have you ever lived on your own before? Share your experiences in the comments below!
About the Author
Alexis Chateau is the Founder of College Mate and Managing Director at Alexis Chateau PR. She is an activist, writer, and explorer. Follow her stories of trial and triumph at www.alexischateau.com.