Every culture has its own traditions which affect one’s life in various forms. They also have impacts on the living standards; in some cultures, people are expected to stay with their parents until they are married. Contrarily, others may require living alone before finding that someone special to learn to maintain a house. If that is the case, people may consider sharing the house with friends, or prefer being alone. Although they carry inconsiderable similarities, the differences between living alone and having a flatmate are clearly noticeable. To begin with, living in solitude differs from sharing the house in means of freedom.
When leading a solitary life, one can do whatever is desired. However, as a general rule for sharing; both sides should respect each other in order to avoid any arguments. To exemplify, walking in underwear, listening to loud music, inviting friends in the middle of a night or changing the decoration without asking are some of to keep in mind. Furthermore, living alone means bigger personal space compared to sharing the house. On the other hand, having a flatmate degrades that space to a single bedroom, since the bathroom, kitchen or living room are viewed as mutual. Moreover, when living alone, leaving valuable things around is acceptable.
In contrast, this is not the case when sharing the apartment as one does not necessarily trust the housemate. One may even need to secure the bedroom door when going out. Another pronounced difference between living on one’s own and having a partner is the duties. Not sharing the flat means paying for the rent or the bills alone, whereas having a housemate is a remarkable economical occasion. To illustrate, all expenses are literally divided into half, which includes not only the rent and the bills but also the groceries. Additionally, living alone requires doing all the housework on one’s own, while sharing the flat means two hands more.
For instance, one can do the shopping while the other is cleaning the house. Despite these eases, when living alone, one is responsible for all the mess that has been built up. On the flip side, having a flatmate may require cleaning other people’s filth which is generally not pleasant at all. Finally, living in solitary evidently differs from sharing the house in their social impacts. Although living alone might be better for free spirited souls, having a housemate comes with extensive convenience. To exemplify, the flatmate can feed the pet or water the plants while one is absent.
This will also help when taking a vacation, since the house will remain maintained. Moreover, being alone is not always glamorous; it can be remarkably dull. Coming home to a dark, silent house is not the case when sharing it. Having someone around to spend quality time, organize events or make a soup when one becomes ill are just some advantages that a flatmate brings. Nevertheless, living alone means inviting friends that are pleasing to be accompanied by. Yet, one may have to deal with the flatmate’s utterly annoying friends or never-leaving-the-house lover if not living in solitude.
To sum up, leading a solitary life and sharing the house are undeniably different, in spite of their superficial similarities. The main differences are in means of independence, obligations and socialisation. Personally, I find living alone much better than having a flatmate as I enjoy privacy. However, sometimes this is not upon choice due to economic burdens. If this is the case, then the best way is to set clear rules before moving in. Otherwise, in case of disagreement between housemates, sides will have nothing in hand to prove them right.