5 reasons sharing rules

secure-house-partyShared houses are generally much cheaper than renting your own place. Here are some reasons why shared living is perfect for students.

1. All-inclusive

If you have been lucky enough to secure a spot on campus or in dedicated student accommodation, all-inclusive living makes it easy to stay on top of your budget. Many places offer inclusive pricing when it comes to accommodation, such as Iglu, a provider of student accommodation in Brisbane. They include all utilities and internet in the rental price. Even if you are in a private shared accommodation arrangement, setting aside an amount for bills with your weekly rental saves you having to scrape together a big sum at the end of the month.

2. New friends

There is no better chance to meet new people and make friends than when you are studying. Sharing a house is a great way to get to know not just your housemates, but their friends as well. For students that have moved to a brand new city, socialising with your housemates is a great avenue to make new friends and take up new interests.

3. You don’t have to buy all the furniture

Moving out of home and moving to a new city or country often means starting again with your furnishings. Most students are on a limited budget so being able to pool your resources means access to creature comforts without spending a lot of money. When sharing new possessions with housemates, it’s always a good idea to set some ground rules on their use and care. A smelly fridge or washing machine can be avoided simply by communicating openly about the do’s and don’ts of using each other’s equipment.

4. Learn to cook

Lots of people heading off to study have not lived out of home for long and the kitchen can feel a little daunting. Sometimes you can strike it lucky and end up with a housemate that loves to cook, or simply knows how to make more than eggs on toast and spaghetti. It’s also a great chance to learn recipes from backgrounds other than yours. Stop, collaborate or listen to your housemates when it comes to cooking – you will learn valuable new recipes, ingredients and kitchen hacks that can serve you well for years to come.

5. Learn to negotiate and compromise

It might sound like a negative, but these are essential skills you are going to need for your career. Share-housing is a great way to learn how to compromise on good and bad tasks and necessary duties that need to be performed around the house (i.e. who gets to clean the bathroom again?). Once you enter the workforce, you will be expected to not only perform in a group setting, but also to learn to compromise and negotiate along the way. Shared living gives you a leg-up on this one.

Shared living offers wonderful benefits that extend well beyond the financial ones. What are some other great reasons for students to live in shared living arrangements?

This post is in collaboration with Iglu. Thanks for reading!

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