Why I'm Okay About Living On My Own

Yesterday morning, at 11am, I got the keys to my first ever flat. This is a huge step for me, but I'm so excited about it! Thankfully, my parents have been super supportive, and yesterday helped me heave all of my belongings up three fights of winding stairs. They're a lot fitter than me, that's for sure! But ever since I started telling people about my plans, and how I'll be living on my own, they always question my decision. Of course, I realise that its not necessarily the norm for an 18 year old student to choose to live by herself, but that's what people don't seem to understand. It's been entirely my choice.


I lived in halls of residence last year, and I really did enjoy the experience. But that's also when I realised that sharing my living space with numerous other people isn't really for me. I loved my flatmates, but I definitely need my own space. If you were having a bad day, everyone would know about it, and being a private person, that isn't something I enjoyed. The only personal space that I had was in my own room, but sometimes I felt a bit trapped. Which is one of the main reasons that I wanted my own flat.

Whilst living in halls, I learnt an awful lot about myself and the way that I feel about certain things. One thing that I learnt, is that I'm extremely independent. I enjoy making my own decisions and thinking for myself. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an unsociable person. I'll definitely have my friends and family over most evenings. 

Another perk of living on my own, is that everything will be mine, and will always look exactly how I left it. The thing that I hated the most about living in uni accommodation, was the constant mess. No matter how many times the kitchen was cleaned, it would only take a matter of hours before you could barely see the sink again. That's not something I can cope with again. Call me a clean freak, but I like knowing my tabletops aren't crawling with bacteria. It'll be nice to only have to clean up after myself for once.

But most of all, I'm excited for the responsibility that comes with having my independence. It might sound silly, but I've been truly enjoying setting everything up and buying my own homeware etc. Living alone can definitely be a struggle, especially financially, but I've got a great job that I love, which alongside my student loan, will definitely be enough to get me by. So hopefully this post has shown the people that think I'm too young to live by myself, that I really am capable of doing so, and that it's entirely my own choice.

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  1. The idea of living alone scares me so much! But I too feel that I would probably prefer it, I love being alone and I love things being how I want them to be. I just think that I would get annoyed by being around people constantly! Congrats!

    Lauren | Laurmatthews.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! Yeah I enjoy being around other people, but living with them sometimes gets a bit much! I need my own space haha x

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  2. I'm a student living on my own as well, and I love it! All messes are my own haha

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    1. That gives me a little bit of faith that I've made the right decision haha! Exactly, no more cleaning up after others haha x

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  3. I think if I wasn't with my bf I would want to live alone, I lived in student halls as well for my first year of uni and HATED it, I hated the people, the mess and it just wasn't a nice experience! But I definitely think living on your own would be great :)
    www.lovemariexo.blogspot.co.uk
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    1. I totally know what you mean! My experience of halls was definitely a mixed one. I'm glad you see where I'm coming from :) x

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  4. I can't wait to move out next year! xo

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    1. It's so exciting! You'll definitely love it xx

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  5. Wow sounds amazing, I'd worry that living alone could be really lonely but there are definitely upsides! How did you manage to afford your own place?

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    1. I always worry about that too but I spend a lot of time in my own company as it is so I don't really get that lonely! My friends are close by too thankfully x

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  6. I completely respect you for this! Second year of uni I lived with 5 other people, I hated it, for many reasons you've mentioned - the mess, unable to have my own space etc. Although I didn't want to live alone, I downsized and I moved in with my best friend 3rd year and I loved it so much more with just the two of us :)
    sammy

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! I totally get where you're coming from! I'm so glad you're happy now :) x

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  7. I admire you for moving and living on your own at such a young age but that you know exactly what you want! I never went to uni but friend who have, have told me about the mess so don't blame you for wanting to escape that!
    Laura x
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  8. I'm exactly the same! I can't wait to move out and live on my own!

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  9. Ahhh congrats! This has made me even more excited to move out of my house and into my own place! x

    http://youcancallmecaz.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck for when you do lovely xx

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  10. I know people find living alone so scary but I can't wait to do it! I'd say I'm my own best friend haha. I'm excited to have my own space and freedom

    Steph x
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    1. I'm the exact same as you! Definitely like my own company haha xx

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  11. Great post. I can imagine living on your own would be so much easier than sharing because everything is how YOU like and want it. I'd love a little place for me and my son, would be so much easier.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. That's exactly why I wanted to do it haha! Aww hopefully you can get one soon! xx

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  12. I love living alone I've been living alone for nearly 6 years now and I'm only 23 at first it was really scary but now I love having my own space and independence xx Pixie http://pixieox.co

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    1. It's so nice to know that other people love it as it's really reassuring! xx

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  13. Ive had two experiences of living with housemates at uni and its sucked big time - gave me severe depression and anxiety. Don't want to go back, I just want be in my own flat like you :(

    Anna | www.farewellmay.co.uk

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that lovely! If it's making you unhappy, then maybe getting your own place is something to look into xx

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  14. This is so exciting Jade!!! I am so ready to move out aswell!!!! xox

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    1. Thank you so much Emma! Definitely go for it!! xx

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  15. I love the idea of living alone, ive just turned 20 and i honestly cant wait, so much respect for you for doing it so young,! And, If you know its best for you dont worry about what anyone else says, as long as youre happy and you have supportive people around you, what else do you need?

    Dana
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    1. Thank you so much lovely, that's really kind of you! I totally agree with you! x

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  16. I'm still living at home but would love to get my own place. Wish you all the look in your new home xox

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  17. I'm planning on moving out in September for university (if Thursday goes well) I'm terrified and am planning on moving into halls haha! Now I'm concerned because I agree with everything you said lol! Wish me luck!

    Also good luck with your new flat!

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    1. Good luck for your results lovely! Halls is definitely the way to go for your first year, you can experience it for yourself and then decide where to go after that :) thank you so much xx

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  18. The idea of living alone to me is so scary but at the same time i can't wait! I loved reading this!

    www.darriyancateland.blogspot.co.uk♡

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    1. I was like that too before I finally got the balls and did it haha! Thank you so much lovely xx

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  19. I feel the same! I chose not to live at Uni because of the same reasons!

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    1. It's so nice to know I'm not the only one!!xx

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  20. Good luck, sweetie! I am sure you will be fine, I promise you! 😘 xo

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  21. I'm highly jealous of you living alone at university, I'm in student accommodation again this year, however I'd rather that over a house share (at least I get my own private bathroom and a lock on my bedroom). I can't wait to get my own place so it can be mine, I hope you're planning on giving us a flat tour once you've got everything how you want it!

    Alicia x
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    1. I had my own bathroom and bedroom last year too and it made it so much more bearable! I might have started planning one... X

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  22. I'm currently a senior in high school, and I can't explain to you how excited I am to move into an apartment next year when I'm at college. I won't be living alone, but I will be away from my family, and although I will miss them, I look forward to being more responsible and I guess more adult-like. It seems like you're going to have an amazing time in your own flat :)

    Kathlyn | Kathlyn's Korner

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    1. I totally know where you're coming from! It's a great feeling! I hope so :) x

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  23. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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