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Deciding whether to live alone or with a roommate or partner can be tough.

There are inevitably pros and cons to either situation, but it's ultimately up to you and what works best for your life!

The Pros

Full Control!

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You get to decide where you live and you get full control on how you decorate your home! You can fully make it your own.

No Worries!

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Once you've determined you can pay your full rent or mortgage, you never have to worry about relying on someone else, or having to give up your place if your roommate decides to move out or a relationship ends unexpectedly.

You Do You!

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You can use the space however you want, and you can be as clean (or messy), and as loud (or quiet) as you want!

The Cons

The Cost

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Often big cities have high rents, and housing prices are high in many places as well. One of the first questions you should ask yourself when deciding whether or not to live alone is: can you afford it?

It Can Be Lonely

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If you're not someone who enjoys their alone time, you could find living by yourself to be very lonely at times. You may have to work harder to meet people, schedule time to hang out with friends, and pick up hobbies to stay occupied.

Less Help

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One tough thing about living by yourself is not having anyone around to share the household tasks like taking out the garbage or cleaning the bathrooms. This can be especially true if you own a home, where repairs and maintenance can be challenging.

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What steps can you take to help with the decision process?

Who Do You Relate To?

Read about Tasha and Justin to see if their situations speak to you!

Tasha icon of a person Has no roommate because...

  • Loves being able to afford her own place

  • Enjoys her privacy, especially when doing yoga in her living room

  • Likes having solo kitchen dance parties in the evenings

Justin icon of a person Has a roommate because...

  • Enjoys getting to split rent

  • Thankful to have a roommate to walk his dog when he needs to stay late at work

  • Likes the company and chatting with someone in the evenings

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Either way, there's no right or wrong answer.

You get to decide what works best for you!

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