Prefer to be the one in full control of the TV remote? Like leaving your dirty socks lying around and eating dinner on the couch? Or would you rather have someone there waiting for you when you get home? The debate over whether to live alone or with someone else is never ending. We’ve compiled the most compelling arguments for both sides below.
The advantages of sharing a flat
One of the main reasons many people choose to share a flat probably comes down to time and money. Splitting the rent means there is significantly less pressure than if you had to bear the whole cost yourself. Not to mention, many hands make light work – so the cleaning gets done quicker! But the benefits don’t stop there. How about having someone to chat with after a tough day at work? That’s a definite plus. Then there’s the fact that you tend to save money by buying larger quantities. Buying products such as sliced bread, meat and cheese in smaller quantities often, but not always, works out to be comparatively more expensive. Sharing a flat with a friend, partner, or even a colleague means you have someone who you can share day-to-day life with, and you also get to know each other on a whole new level. Even if you don’t know the person beforehand, you never know – you might just make a friend for life!
The advantages of living alone
One thing is for certain when you live alone: no one else can eat all your favourite muesli! Half of the contents of the fridge don’t simply disappear and you have plenty of free space to unwind. So it’s not a problem if you need some time alone – you have the whole flat to yourself. You don’t have to make any compromises and you can do what you like, when you like. That could mean eating dinner in front of the TV, in bed or even at the table – it’s totally up to you. You also have the benefit of being able to furnish the flat according to your taste and have more space available.
Of course, both ways of living have their pros and cons. In the end, it’s up to you to decide which living arrangement works better for you and to adapt it to your current situation in life.