Getting married is a big milestone in any couple’s journey. But before taking that leap, some couples may want to consider living together to deepen their bond and find out whether they are actually compatible.
1. A chance to explore independent living
With co-living, couples can rent a room and stay away from their parents, giving them a chance to experience independent living. This will allow them to navigate daily routines, responsibilities and attend to daily needs such as meals, cleaning and laundry without the help of parents.
2. Valuable insights into compatibility and learning how to communicate effectively
In learning to live together, couples will need to give and take. With co-living, couples see each other everyday, instead of just certain days of the week when they go on dates.
This will force them to learn how to express their wants, needs or feelings appropriately and learn how to resolve conflicts. Living together provides the opportunity to help them cultivate healthy communication and provides the foundations to navigate future challenges.
3. Financial compatibility and responsibility
Finances are a key aspect of any long-term commitment. Co-living allows couples to share financial responsibilities, such as rental payments, bill payments and other expenses such as food.
This can provide the platform to have open discussions about budgeting, money management, financial goals. In short, they’ll learn whether they have long-term compatibility in handling financial matters.
4. Shared responsibilities
While housekeeping services are provided in a co-living lifestyle, couples will still need to learn how to maintain a neat and tidy living space.
Consider this as a “training” to experience the realities of maintaining a home together. They’ll need to work out how to divide simple chores such as cooking, laundry, ironing and throwing the trash. This requires teamwork and finding a balance that works for both partners.
5. Respecting each other
Understanding and respecting each other is vital in any relationship. During dating, couples could go back to their respective family homes for some “time out” should they have an argument.
However, with co-living, they’ll be forced to talk things out since they are living together. This provides couples with the opportunity to learn how to give and take, build trust and mutual support, and foster deeper connection through shared experiences and vulnerabilities.
Co-living as a prelude to marriage can be a transformative experience for couples and allowing to grow individually and as a partnership. Done right, it can set the stage of a strong and lasting union. If you’re curious about co-living, explore our co-living spaces now.