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Living Alone as a Student

Written by Sam | March 19, 2019

So, you’re at university? Just started? Or are going to be going? Well, there are a few challenges that you might not expect when moving out and start living alone or in a shared flat/house for the first time.

Of course, living alone is more or less exactly what you think it will be like. No one telling you what to do, you can make your space your own, you basically have all the freedom in the world! And it is great! But this is the first step to proper independence, so whether you’re living in student accommodation, or renting a student house, here’s a few things that are going to be necessary for you to do:

Cooking. Isn’t really that big of a deal, you may already love cooking and cook for yourself anyway, but for those who don’t and struggle to cook, it comes very easily over time, you just got to stick to the recipes.

Cleaning. Something everyone hates but everyone needs to do. Everything and I means EVERYTHING you pay for will need cleaning. The kitchen? DEFINITELY needs cleaning, take the bins out, clean the bins, mop the floor, clean the oven and stove, and, I can’t stress this enough, wipe down the surfaces when you’re finished every day! Bacteria build-up isn’t something anyone wants, especially in a place you prepare and eat food. Your room? Again, clean it. I know I’m going to sound like everyone’s mum right now, but honestly, you will need to give your room a clean semi-regularly, you never notice the dirt and dust build-up in your room over time, but once you vacuum and dust, it will look so much nicer! Also, keep it tidy! A messy room leads to a messy mindset, and at university, that is something you do NOT want. Your bathroom? That is something you need to clean on the regular, its one of the places in a home where bacteria and dirt builds up more than anything, bacteria, and mold thrive in warm moist places, and most of the time, your bathroom is going to be one of those places. Wipe the showers down, clean between the cracks and seals, clean out the sink, clean out the toilet, honestly, no one wants a disgusting bathroom.

The alone time. This is something no one really tells you about, but with university, it does get quite lonely. But not lonely as in you won’t have friends or won’t spend time with people, because trust me, you’ll make friends and you’ll hang out and spend time with so many people. But it’s lonely as in you will spend most of your time alone. University can be a very lonesome time, as you work alone in your flat/house, you cook alone, you relax and chill out alone. You spend more time with yourself than you ever have before, and that is honestly what shocked me the most as a student myself, and that is the one thing I wish I was told beforehand.

Obviously, there are many more things you’ll need to face when moving out and living alone, but these are the few things that are probably of most importance, well, they’re the most important things to me as a current student living in a shared flat. So it won’t hurt to let you know too.

This blog was written by George Tosh from the University of Lincoln who is currently in his first year and living in a shared flat. He has passed down his experiences that he has seen and health within his first year!

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