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Living Alone as a Postgraduate

Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:44

You're about to move onto some postgraduate study.  Great.  Good for you.  The problem? All of your current friends and housemates are leaving university after they graduate.  What are you going to do? Find a new group of people to live with? Or are you going to be brave and live on your own?

Well, as scary as it can be, living alone can have its benefits.  Of course, this isn't to say that there's anything wrong with finding new housemates, but living alone has its advantages.

1. Unbridled Freedom
Three of my friends have lived alone at university and they love it because of the independence.  They love that they can work on their hobbies in peace and how nobody can tell them how to live their lives.Obviously, you have the same type of freedom, living away from home, but living alone is on a whole other level.  First of all, you can buy the apartment that you want in the location you want.  You don't need to pander to somebody else's desires.You can do whatever you want, whenever you want.  You'll have your own space that you can decorate how you want, cook whatever you want and bring back whoever you want.  Uloop also identified that the lack of compromises is a major advantage of living alone.  You don't have to wait for the bathroom, share kitchen space or worry how loud your music is.

2.  Better Working Environment
As an undergraduate, you know full well that student houses get noisy.  You cram five big personalities into a small house and there will be arguments.  This is never the best environment to work in.  And as a postgrad student, you will have a lot of work.  Living alone means that you will be able to work in peace.  Not in a tense atmosphere full of four letter words and flying crockery. The Grad Student spoke of numerous times that they were distracted from their work by their friends having Pretty Little Liar marathons. I lived for a month alone at uni to work on my dissertation, which proved extremely beneficial to me, as I finished it before some people had even started.

3.  Added responsibility and independence
You might not think that this is an advantage, but bear with me.  When you're living alone, you will be paying for rent, bills and living costs all on your lonesome.  True this will be more expensive than if you were living with friends, but the responsibility will be yours alone.You will be cooking and cleaning by yourself, which is great practice for your later life.  In your old undergraduate house, one of your other housemates might have been the lead tenant.  It was their job to shout down the phone to the landlord.  But when you're living alone, this burden will fall to you.  So, while you will have problems that you, and only you, have to deal with, this will help to build your confidence and character.

Laura Schocker of the Huffington Post found living alone empowering.  Whenever she had a problem, whether this was the fire alarm malfunctioning or being unable to reach the top shelf of the closet, it was up to her to find a solution.  She became self-reliant. Living alone might not be for everyone.  It won't be the cheapest, and if you're a social butterfly, who thrives on the attention of others, living alone might not be the best option for you.  You'll get bored pretty quickly. But if you enjoy your company, and fancy a challenge, then live by yourself.

- By James Linton