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Advantages and Disadvantages of Flat Sharing

Pros and Cons of Flat Sharing in London

Living in London on your own might be a bit tricky, especially if you are not earning exceptional amount of salary per month. For this reason, many people consider the idea of flat sharing, which is a practical way of reducing the monthly expenses. Living in a shared apartment has some drawbacks and advantages that we suggest you to think of before taking your final decision.

What are the main advantages of flat sharing:

  • One of the positive sides of living in a HMO apartment is that you can decrease your living costs by having your rent divided by the number of people you live with. You will also pay less for utility bills such as council tax, gas and electricity as you will share them equally with your flatmates. Despite that everyone could happen to live in a shared flat, it proves that most of them are bachelors, students and professionals who have just started a new job in a new location. Young people find it more convenient to live with peers, as they can share the household duties and responsibilities with them, which will be a real burden if they have to do it entirely themselves.
  • When you live with other people, you will always have somebody by your side with whom to share your worries and happy moments, so you will never feel sad and alone. You can cook together and share your food, watch funny movie or just sit and talk all night.
  • You will be able to expand your friend circle by meeting new people who are already friends of your flatmates. It is a great opportunity to get to know better people who come from different backgrounds. In this way you will get an idea about the different cultures and rituals around the world which will improve your personal experience.

    What are the main disadvantages of living in a shared apartment in London:

  • The first thing that we should mention is the lack of privacy and solitude that you would have it if you live on your own. Your room probably will be the only place where you can stay alone in the moments you need to. It might be really annoying if there is somebody who is always around and goes through your possessions.
  • In flat sharing you will need to share certain premises on a regular basis such as the living room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. For this reason, adaption to everyone’s needs and preferences is extremely important so to keep the good tone. However, sometimes it can be really tricky as people are different and have very different needs from each other.
  • Another disadvantages of living in a shared flat is that you will need to ask your flatmate for permission each time you want to hold a party or invite friends over for a chat. This is because he or she may need some privacy in order to study for an exam, rest or will work at that time. This is one of most common issues for having disputes between people sharing a flat.

Renting on your own or living in a shared apartment is not an easy decision to take. Consider the pros and cons mentioned above and decide what your priorities are (for example, enjoying your freedom or saving money). At Robert Manning, we have properties to rent for singles, couples or families and HMO properties, that are shared apartments. Whether you decide to rent a property on your own or to find a shared flat, we can help you finding a new home in our beautiful City. You can browse our properties here.