Living Alone

What is it living in a single apt or in a studio alone?

Im currently entering my mid-twenties and I live in Chicago with 2 roommates who I really like, but we are going our separate ways. I'm thinking of either finding a random roommate or moving in a new place alone when our lease ends in a few months. I can afford a one room and I'd say I'm naturally introverted, although I like to meet new people and explore. My fear is that getting a one room apartment will get lonely and you are paying more for less w a one-room.

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Jan 25, 2021 - 5:52am

Yeah but what about when you move into your apartment? Will you be home a lot or will you work from early to late and be mostly home to sleep (thinking about when life gets normal again). If so it may be smarter to get roommates. 

 
  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Jan 24, 2021 - 6:35pm

Made this change mid-Corona from having roommates to having my own place. I'm mid 20s too

 

Pros:

-Because of corona the need to be in a "cool" area is lessened, so I moved further away from the bars and was able to get a one bedroom in a new building for less than what I was previously paying even with roommates

-Everything is as clean or dirty as you make it

- Sleep like a baby because no one is slamming the door early or staying up late partying

-No waiting for laundry machine

-no waiting to cook cause roomie is meal prepping

-Keep the fridge stocked with all your favorite drinks because you don't have to worry about roomies snagging your stuff 

-Watch whatever you want whenever you want

-Can invite a girl over at any time and have sex as loud as you want

-So much more home office space

-Always having a place that is 100% your own is awesome

-walk around naked if you want to

 

Cons:

-You will naturally socialize less because you actually have to go out and make plans as opposed to things just happening at your place. When you have two roommates, you've basically always got a small get together going which means you need less work to get something going

-That's pretty much the only con

 

I've more or less given up on socializing given it's cold AF, most indoor stuff is shut down by me and I'm planning on moving cities ASAP. So I might be biased

 
Jan 25, 2021 - 10:28pm

I live alone and agree with all this. It's great, especially if you're renting. If I were to have another bedroom, I'd definitely want to own and have another roommate, but there's a lot to be said for the comfort of living by yourself. Living with a SO would be a close second.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2021 - 7:47pm

solo is far better than living with a shitty roommate. I've done the random roommate thing a couple times, sometimes it works out great, other times it is horrible 

 
  • Intern in PE - Growth
Jan 26, 2021 - 9:07am

I can completely agree. I shifted to a new city and become roommates with some random person. It was horrible in that he was not adjusting at all. So much that I ended up shifting out in 20 days. However the very next place I moved into, also with 2 strangers, we had a great time there. So I think it's mostly the extremes and there's no middle ground at all.

 
Jan 24, 2021 - 8:13pm

I've been living alone for 6 years. First was bachelor pad 1.0, then moved into a bigger place to have a better home office and workout room (bachelor pad 2.0).

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jan 25, 2021 - 12:48am

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Do you have a girl to smash? Is she hot?

I used to but not anymore. I've got 99 problems, but ... 😎

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Jan 24, 2021 - 9:57pm

I forgot to mention OP, you should have a positive mindset on the subject regardless of what you decide to do. It's not "living alone", it's "having your own apartment"

 

Having your own place = successful, independent adult with enough disposable income to comfortably afford the luxury of having your own space

 

Living alone = lonely poor boy who couldn't find a roommate and had to settle for a small studio in the bad part of town

 
Jan 24, 2021 - 10:03pm

Have been living alone in a new city since the start of the pandemic, it has honestly been pretty bad for my mental health. I wouldn't advise in your low 20's unless you are super type-A and go out of your way to seek human interaction...

 
  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jan 24, 2021 - 11:03pm

Great question. Im on the same boat. Live with two roommates and we are best friends so it is nice because we cry together late and drink after late work nights (one of them is in banking) but im so clean and sometimes I like to sit in complete silence which is hard to happen since our apartment is so tiny (amazing building though).
Having said that, I would totally go for it if rent for your own apartment is less than 30% of your net monthly income after deductions.

I would get my own apartment just to bring as many guys home and be as loud as I want. My roommates generally don't care but it is not the same when you have the whole place for yourself vs having someone cooking in the kitchen while you are in the middle of it

 
Jan 25, 2021 - 10:32pm

sometimes I like to sit in complete silence

great phrasing

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Jan 25, 2021 - 2:10am

I personally love it. No distractions, I can do what I want whenever I want. I can bring anybody when I want. I don't have to deal with somebody else not washing their dishes or making a mess or making noise. It's awesome. There are no downsides - you can still meet people and hang out and socialize, and bring them to your place if you want to. But at the same time you don't have to share your space with anybody if you don't want to. You'll like it if you're naturally introverted.

 
Jan 25, 2021 - 5:33am

I have only lived alone my entire adult life, I wouldn't want it any other way. Had a gf stay with me when she didn't have a place, but that didn't end well.

It takes a lot to deal with others all the time. It is also safer alone, no opportunity for fights or disagreements that could lead to more.

 

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Jan 25, 2021 - 10:14am

I've been living in Chicago for 8 months now with 1 roommate who has not been here for 3 months. I'm looking for friends/potential roommate. Send me a PM!

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Jan 25, 2021 - 12:01pm

brownline9

What is it living in a single apt or in a studio alone?

Im currently entering my mid-twenties and I live in Chicago with 2 roommates who I really like, but we are going our separate ways. I'm thinking of either finding a random roommate or moving in a new place alone when our lease ends in a few months. I can afford a one room and I'd say I'm naturally introverted, although I like to meet new people and explore. My fear is that getting a one room apartment will get lonely and you are paying more for less w a one-room.

I like to live like a king, I do what I want when I want, some may call that ego others may call it being a alpha but it really boils down to my freedom. I hate sharing lol. Selfish maybe but I need my personal space.

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Jan 25, 2021 - 8:24pm

I also live in Chicago suburbs and got a random roommate. Never again am I getting a random roommate.

I'd much rather have my own space at this point because my roommate loves to have people over and I don't. I usually tend to go out more often. You should really figure out what the best is for you. What area would you move to btw?

 

 

 
 
Jan 25, 2021 - 8:39pm

I've been living alone near Midtown. I enjoy it. I like having my space, and doing things my own way. I hate small talk sometimes. I still socialize all the time, on weekdays sometimes meeting up for dinner, and on weekends for brunch and drinks with friends. Couldn't imagine anything better. 

 
Jan 25, 2021 - 9:30pm

I've lived alone/with a girlfriend (it didn't last) my entire adult life. There are zero cons, however during COVID you will need some serious mental fortitude. A lot of people discount the human interaction they had at work before this all started and when you go a whole week without seeing people most of the day it can get to you. Otherwise it's great, nothing but peacefulness and quiet and you do whatever the fuck you want

 
Jan 26, 2021 - 1:37am

Maybe you aren't an introvert my friend, you are ambivert with neutral perceptions, so don't be confused to live with a partner or not, go with the comfortability in which you won't regret after choosing an option. 

 
Jan 26, 2021 - 4:53am

I have lived alone in various cities for 3.5 years now. Until COVID, I really enjoyed it. I didn't spend that much time at home anyway due to work or school when I was a student, so when I was at home, I was only really there to sleep so I wouldn't have wanted roommates anyway. It's really nice for having a girl over because you don't have to run into anyone. When I did have girlfriends, they could spend as many nights as they wanted there because I wasn't infringing on anyone else's living space. This all came to a halt, however, when Covid hit. I didn't see my co workers anymore. I didn't see my friends as often. Working 8am - 2am without seeing almost a soul was rough. I got to a point where I would try to make conversation with Uber Eats driver I was so desperate. TLDR: living alone was fantastic pre-Covid

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