Have you always wanted to get a taste of “adulting” by moving out of your parents’ home? Perhaps you’ve been working for a few years already and are ready to fly the coop. Renting a room in a co-living space could be the answer.
Adulting means taking on the responsibilities and tasks that go along with being a typical adult. In short, you’re ready to live a grown-up life. This could involve managing your own finances or doing your own chores. And in Singapore, this also means you don’t have to rely on your parents or your domestic helper to do things for you at home.
Those of you who are in your 20s or even 30s may be ready to take that next step towards independence. And one of the most important decisions could be to start looking for your own living arrangements. If you want to try living on your own, you can consider renting a room co-living in a shared space. There are certainly benefits to co-living.
Reasons for wanting to move out and rent your own room
Freedom and independence
For most of you, living on your own offers a taste of the freedom and independence. You can stop depending on your parents for a roof over your head. And you are no longer bound by the rules of your family household. You are free to leave and return to your abode at any time you wish without having to inform someone of your whereabouts. You can also do what you want and build a life that works for you.
Privacy and having your own own space
Sometimes, living in your family home can be stifling, especially if you have many members of the family living under one roof. You may yearn for some privacy so that you can enjoy some solitude at the end of the busy day. If you’ve been sharing a room with your sibling or grandparent in your parents’ home, it’s understandable that you may want your own space so you can relax comfortably or pursue your own interests without imposing on other family members.
Making new friends
Renting a room in a co-living space can also be an opportunity to widen your social circle. If you have many things in common with your roommates, this can be a fun time for you.
Enjoying condo facilities
Most co-living spaces are situated in condos. If you’ve not lived in one before and would like to try out the condo lifestyle with all its amenities, then co-living can be an opportunity to do so as you’re only paying for the rental of one room instead of the entire apartment.
Adulting 101: taking on grown-up responsibilities
If you’ve decided to move out and rent your own place in a co-living apartment, you have to be ready to take on all the responsibilities that come along with adulting. That means managing your finances and doing your own chores. But hey, you have to learn how to do this sooner or later. Think of this as good training before you settle down for good with a future partner.
Learning how to manage your own finances
One of the most important things you’ll need to pick up is budgeting and how to manage your finances. Your rental will take up a portion of your salary so you have to be able to work out how much you need for your living expenses. The good thing about co-living is that utilities, cleaning services and wifi are usually included in your rental rate.
Learning life skills
Although co-living apartments usually have housekeeping or cleaning services provided, you’ll still need to do some simple chores when you live on your own. If you’re used to being pampered at home with a domestic helper, you’ll now have to remember to pick up after yourself by making your own bed, throwing the rubbish and keeping your room and living area neat and tidy, amongst other chores. You’ll also have to learn how to take care of your own meals. Eating out all the time or having takeaway or home delivery can be expensive. So why not take this opportunity to pick up some simple cooking?
Ready to have a taste of adulting? If you’re finally looking to move out on your own, check out our tips on how to pick the perfect room rental. Happy hunting.