One of the most important considerations for your university career is solidifying your accommodations. There are a variety of different options available, but our two part article looks at the option of living alone in university and the viability, advantages, and disadvantages of this approach.
Living Alone in University as a Legitimate Option
In comparison to your other alternatives, such as living with roommates or staying in residence, living alone in university is a legitimate choice, if not the most popular. Considering the option of living alone is a matter of looking at the costs involved, the specific personal advantages and disadvantages, and evaluating exactly what’s involved. Some students prefer the solitude, while others live by themselves out of necessity either because they can’t find a roommate or because their chosen accommodations are only suitable for one person.
The Advantages of Living Alone in University
While individual situations will certainly vary, there are a number of advantages to living alone in university that some students may find attractive. For one, you don’t have to worry about stepping on your roommates’ toes over mess, noise, or particularly destructive parties. Because you are the only one living in your place, you are in total control over what happens, who comes over, and what goes where.
Living alone also offers greater flexibility than living with roommates because you can be as picky as you want to be when it comes to picking your accommodations. If you want to live in a specific location or in a particular kind of apartment, you have the final word, since you don’t have to deal with the opinions of anybody but yourself. You also avoid the arguments and tension that can come along with choosing who gets what room, who buys what pieces of furniture, who pays what utilities, and other common disagreements.
For the more introverted student, living alone gives you more control over what level of social interaction you have based on what you feel most comfortable with. If you like to hang out with friends less frequently than most other people, you won’t feel pressured to go out any more often than you want to. You can also invite people over whenever you want to without having to tiptoe around your roommates or deal with any of their friends if you don’t feel like it. This shouldn’t be construed as a way to escape social interaction altogether (since social life is an integral part of university) but more the ability to have a greater degree of control over your social life and when and where you choose to socialize.
Studying also becomes easier when living alone (at least in theory), as there likely won’t be any unwanted noise, or at least a lot less. Having a house full of roommates on wildly different exam schedules can cause unnecessary fights or cacophonies of shushing while everyone tries to study while the rest try to decompress after their own tough exams and assignments.
Living Alone in University Continued
Next week, on part two of our living alone in university discussion, we will explore the various downsides to a solitary living arrangement in university and come to a general conclusion on the practise.