For second year, my friends and I decided to move into a house together. And I have to say although I prefer it to living in halls, both have their pros and cons.
Pros of living in a student house
- You live with people you like – and these tend to be people who are much nicer.
- It is cheaper – rent is cheaper, but then it isn’t when you add bills to it…NEXT!
- You live with less people – I currently live with two friends. It’s less noisy and less messy.
- You don’t have routine fire alarm drills – I really don’t think I need to expand any more on this. If you have lived in halls, you know what I mean.
- You have a garden – which will be nice for summer to have a BBQ. Actually, who am I kidding? We live in England.
Cons of living in a student house
- Bills – deciding how you are going to organise them and actually making sure you have money to pay for them.
- Landlords – if you are unlucky and have a rubbish one. Especially when you have things in the house that need fixing and they take 6 months to get back to you.
- Less social – you go from living with lots of students in halls who you can have a good time with, with just a few people in a house. And I have found that you have to make a lot more effort when living in a house to have a better social life.
I have only been living in this student house for 9 months, so the cons list might grow more. But for now, I do enjoy living in my student house with my friends.