With the new semester arriving sooner than you think (sorry to burst your bubble, friends), it might be time to assess your living situation. Guessing by the fact that you clicked on this title, you’re either planning to live alone or at least have some interest in what it might be like. And, perhaps you decided you don’t like living with roommates, even though you did everything right when it comes to living with other students. Or, you just wanted a new adventure and decided living alone was going to be one of them. Finding studios or one-bedroom apartments in the Netherlands isn’t impossible, and living alone as a student can be a fun experience. But, enough assumptions from our end. What matters is, you want to know the perks of living alone! Well, look no further, because we have all the insider know-how right here…
You can have people over whenever you want
You can also kick out these people whenever you want.
This is one of the best perks of living alone, introvert or not. With an apartment full of people, you never really have alone time. Sure, you have your own room, if you’re lucky, but the flat will always be busy. Gone are the days of your roommates using your towels, or barging into your room when you were cramming for your exam the night before. Since you don’t have to share a space, you can be sure that your personal space is always respected! If you live alone, you can choose when you invite friends over and when they leave. Hello, peace and quiet.
Decorate however you want
No longer do you have to compromise about which sofa you want or if that Star Wars poster is too much (it never is). As one of the reasons for living alone, you can choose exactly what you want to put in your space. If you want neon green sofas, go for it, and you can choose exactly what kitchen appliances you want for your new student pad.
To clean or not to clean
Living alone means you aren’t bound to other people; basically, you don’t need to respect any other person’s space, because it’s all your own space. If you hated doing your dishes immediately after you had a meal or made a cup of coffee, all you have to do now is leave them in the sink. You also don’t need to stick to a cleaning routine. But, it’s always recommended to clean; after all, you still want to be sanitary…
No one will steal your food or shampoo or accidentally use your toothbrush
Everyone who has ever lived with roommates as a student knows that stolen food is inevitable. Not from a place of malice, of course. However, when you’ve bought that cheese or piece of fruit that you really like, you don’t want someone else eating them! One of the reasons for living alone is that you don’t have to worry about your food being stolen, your shampoo being used up, or your toothbrush accidentally be used by one of your friends when they come home after a night out.
You don’t have to share utility bills
You use as much as you want to (or as much as you can afford to).
One of the best things about living alone as opposed to living with flatmates is that you control exactly how much you spend. What we mean is, you won’t be splitting utility bills. Sure, it can get a bit expensive, but it could also be the best thing ever. If you are careful about what you use, you could be saving a lot of money. For example, you don’t have to pay for your flatmates long showers, and you might limit yourself to how much hot water you use. Want to know more about saving on utility bills? Read about it here.
You can apply for housing allowance
Even though you might be living alone, you can still apply for housing allowance! Just because you might not have a toeslagpartner doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible to apply. Plus, this might be a good thing; without a toeslagpartner, the allowance you might receive depends entirely on your income, and your income alone. But regardless, housing or rent allowance is a great way to get support when paying your rent.
Living alone has it's good moments...
You can do whatever you like, whenever you like, and your space is your space only. You might even learn that living alone can be a bit difficult sometimes. There might be no one to split the rent with, or anyone to cook you dinner when you are sick. Or, you might get a bit lonely. But, when it comes down to it, living alone is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You’ll learn to be more independent, and value your me-time. Plus, it’s exciting and feels grown-up. Even though, sometimes, students wish they could ignore the inevitable phrase ‘the real world’…
What about living with flatmates? How does that experience match living alone? Read here to find out!
Can you think of any other perks of living alone as a student? Let us know!