It has been a decade or so long since I have had a shared accommodation. I was a student then, studying Educational Multimedia—this was in Coffs Harbour, I was single and young. This time around, I am much older, separated from family and going through this motion again. But this time around, it’s not in a cosy place of Coffs Harbour where few minutes drive and you are at the beaches and surfing—I don’t surf though, but if you are, you got the idea. It’s a nice surfing place to go to.
I am writing this because, I am now living alone—well kind of alone. In the last 2 weeks, I have moved house to house twice. Where I am now is more or else permanent. The previous house was temporary until this house that I am living in. I will be staying here as long as I can possibly until the rent is just too much to bear or that work changes or that land lady decides to kick me out of this house. Until then, this is home.
It feels like home too! When I was living at my parents house, all I did was come home and go straight to my room. I would occasionally cook but preferred not to, because of certain somebody in that house that you are damned with whatever you do. This house that I just moved into, there are 5 of us living in it. Five rooms, one toilet and shower and kitchen shared.
It’s the kinda life for me! You think with 5 people living in shared house, we would bump into each other often? Think again. Though, there are 5 of us living in this house, I could swear, I am the only one there! I see nobody, and faintly here others. The times I have been her, out of 5 people, I have only seen 3 of them. We are out of each others way.
It really is pretty much like my way of living. I come home, go straight to my room, turn my computer on and spend the waking moments in front of a computer. I would only come out if I need a toilet break, or I want a bite to eat or take a shower. Otherwise, I spend the rest of my time in my room. Just like what I used to do at my parents house. Nothing has changed, except, now I have to pay rent.
Shared accommodation versus renting a property
Shared accommodation simply means, that I am sharing a property with strangers—eventually you get to know then and then they become your house mates. I could have rented my own property, but knowing my lifestyle. This would be much more easier and convenient. It is fully furbished—that is to say, everything I’ll ever need is here and I am only paying a fixed rate—which also means, I don’t need to worry about other bills like electricity, council rates, water bills and of course the internet! All provided already.
Is share accommodation right for you?
I don’t know about you? But in my day to day living, my current situation and my lifestyle it fits in perfectly. My lifestyle is very simple. I go to work everyday, that covers me not being home. When I don’t work, most of the time I play computer games—which means, all I need is a computer table, this is also perfect with my current living arrangements. I don’t have a social life and my kids do not live with me. When I get the chance to, I do go out and take photos as I do like to go out and take photos of nature—that is when I get the chance.
I don’t know any furniture—I have no real use of furniture, just a bed, a computer table . In short, all I really need is a bed to sleep on, a computer table so I can use my computer and toilets, kitchen and a fridge. All are here already. It’s perfect!
Girlfriend? Well I can take a girl home if I wanted to, if she’s a moaner, I guess my co-house mates will just have to put up with it. An overnight stay or two is fine here no problem. But I have no use of a girlfriend. Yes, that’s right. I am not in the market for any relationships. I am done with relationships. I am not interested. My last unofficial fiancé-Jobelle Alaysa left me for someone else and since then, I’ve lost the desire to have a relationship at all.
But if you are family, have other requirements, this is probably not for you. If you are weary about safety all the time that somebody might be after you, then this is also probably not the right living arrangements for you. In saying that though, you would have done your research before moving in.