Living alone? You’re probably pretty awesome…


Sarah Marsh - June 7, 2017


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Living alone isn’t for everyone – for some, it might seem scary and challenging. But for those who try it, the rewards can be life-changing.

 

Learn how you like to live.

Wash things up as you go, or put them in a pile for later? Knives on the left of the cutlery drawer or the right? Eggs kept in or out of the fridge? Mugs stored upright or upside down?

All these little things are personal preferences that you don’t really get to explore while you live with other people. Sharing a home means compromising and learning to live with things that aren’t your choice – which is certainly a useful life skill. But nothing compares to the sheer joy of finally being able to arrange and run your home exactly how YOU want it. It’s a feeling of freedom like no other!

Learn life skills.

People who live alone are self-sufficient. With no one to pick up after you, or do the household tasks you’re not good at, there’s nowhere to hide. You’d be amazed at the range of skills you learn, and how often you find yourself telling friends “oh, I know how to do/cook/fix that”. A lot of people don’t gain the ability to really look after themselves until later in life – if ever. To pick it up as a student is hugely impressive, and really puts you ahead of the curve.

Learn about yourself.

Having a home all to yourself is exhilarating. Want to eat something bizarre for dinner? Naked? Listening to Taylor Swift? There’s no one around to judge you! (Not that anyone could be judged for wanting to listen to TayTay!)

While living with other people, we unconsciously modify our habits and behaviour. Living alone gives you the chance and the time to explore what you like and who you are, away from anyone who might curb your enthusiasm. This is a liberating and enlightening experience that some people sadly never enjoy.

Learn how to be alone.

Being alone doesn’t mean being lonely. In fact, one study showed that people who lived alone were actually less likely to experience loneliness. Having some time on your own can be really healthy, especially considering how busy and crowded student life can be.

Additionally, in shared living it can be easy to rely on your housemates for your social life – a situation that’s probably unsustainable after university. Living alone encourages you to learn how to maintain friendships with people without lazily relying on seeing them at home every day. Considering the soaring rates of loneliness and ‘post-graduation blues’ reported amongst graduates, the importance of this skill can’t be overstated.

…and if these weren’t enough, check out another 26 reasons living alone is awesome 😉

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