Who here has ever lived by themselves, or currently lives by themselves?

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#1
In a week and a half, I'm moving to a new city in an apartment by myself (classy looking place, though).

So, for those who have, what was/is it like living alone? Awesome? Lonely? Any advice?

I don't know anybody in the new city, but the complex does have a lot of people my age. I'm also moving for school.
#2
I've lived alone before. It's nice at first. Peaceful, relaxing, fun. But it can get lonely. At least it did for me.
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#5
I have 3 roommates.

If I lieved alone I would smoke a stupid amount of weed. Like, a stupid amount.
#6
I'm living with a friend now, but I have lived alone. It can be amazing and it can be crushing. Just depends on the day. In a new city, it's going to be really lonely at first.
#8
I've come to prefer it, because I don't like having to put up with roommates.

My friends are over a lot, but it doesn't really bother me.
#9
Ive Lived by myself for the past 8 or 9 months right out of high school, and i have to say that if i had the choice of roommates or by myself, I would surely pick by myself. The main reason is that there's no inconveniences that come with roommates. Basically everything is up to you and you can do everything as you wish. Plus the privacy factor is really nice for when you're just trying to relax and such. And when it gets boring? invite people over, and when your ready to be alone? tell them to leave! The only downside is living by yourself is more expensive.
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I'm temporarily living alone at the moment.

I eat dinner alone every night ;__;

I'd be a lot more sympathetic if you were still Toki.
#13
I think it can be better to live by yourself instead of with roommates. Roommates can screw you over, and there's only so much you can do about that.

Keep yourself busy when you're by yourself. Otherwise you might go crazy.
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I happily lived alone for a while. It's not for people who don't like being alone.
This is kind of what I'm hoping for. I've always very much enjoyed my alone time and do a lot of stuff by myself (not friendless or anything, though).
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The only problem I had was everyone and their mother wanting to hang out at my apartment. It wore thin quickly.
Was it like "We should hang out in his apartment because it's a nice place." or "We should hang out in his apartment because I don't wanna smoke weed in my dorm"?
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[quote="'-[NiL"]-']I'd be a lot more sympathetic if you were still Toki.

I eats dinners alones every nights...


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#20
I like living alone - gives me plenty of free space in the evenings if I don't want to see people, or I can walk 10 minutes and see friends. Plus, there's nothing like just walking around in boxers on a hot day without worrying about housemates seeing.
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Was it like "We should hang out in his apartment because it's a nice place." or "We should hang out in his apartment because I don't wanna smoke weed in my dorm"?

They were any or all of the following: homeless, in a group home, in a shelter, prostitutes, addicts. Kids my age who wanted to be inside once in a while.
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They were any or all of the following: homeless, in a group home, in a shelter, prostitutes, addicts. Kids my age who wanted to be inside once in a while.


Sounds fun...

Anyway I have a buddy living alone and he hates it. Then again, he doesn't have a lot of friends, and the friends he does have go to college so he can't really hang out with anyone but his brother and his son and ex-gf...so that sucks.

I like having roomates personally. I mean I'm in college so I'm in a cool apartment with 3 dudes I'm good friends with. But I guess if I was living alone I could always have people over if they were closeby (although people dont always wanna hang out in a cramped apartment) or go to someone else's place. I would definitely be extremely lonely though.
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#23
I suppose I'll ask in this thread.

Any advice for picking roommates? Assuming I financially can't afford living by myself at all, who should I pick as a roommate? I'm assuming living with a close friend could eventually cause tension. But living with a stranger could be awkward.
#24
It has its ups and downs like anything else. Depending on where you'll be living and how well you can afford living on your own it can be pretty awesome. So far all the best times I've had in my life are the times I've had since I left home, but that said, living independently can get pretty lonely when you really want family and the best you can get is a phone call.
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The only problem I had was everyone and their mother wanting to hang out at my apartment. It wore thin quickly.

I've become much less popular since I stopped telling people I don't live with my parents. I've lived alone, with my parents, with my brother/his wife, and with my lady. And I have to admit, I prefer living alone.
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I suppose I'll ask in this thread.

Any advice for picking roommates? Assuming I financially can't afford living by myself at all, who should I pick as a roommate? I'm assuming living with a close friend could eventually cause tension. But living with a stranger could be awkward.


What I have discovered from living with room mates is that it all boils down to standard of living. This is where most of the tension originates from. If you are all pretty clean and organised then it will go well no doubt. Alternatively if you are all messy, lazy and unorganised then there still isn't gonna be too many issues. When you have someone who wants the place to always been clean and someone who doesn't care, that's when you start to have a problem. Whether the person is your friend or a stranger is irrelevant. I live with two of my closest friends and although we argue every now and then, we get over it and move on.
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The only problem I had was everyone and their mother wanting to hang out at my apartment. It wore thin quickly.

I eventually had to post a sign saying, "no underage drinking on this property" when my friends started having parties all over the place. I could just see myself going to jail if the cops show up looking for somebody's kid and find them passed out drunk in the living room.
#28
It can be rather lonely if you enjoy being amongst others, but if you are a loner, it is a rather splendid existence.
#30
Been living alone about a year now. It's part awesome, part lonely. I'm thinking about moving in with someone because I do miss living with someone. I bet the day I do I'll miss living alone, though...
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#31
I live by myself in a new city where I know no one this summer. I start school this fall so I'll finally meet people there.

It's not bad, I enjoy it a lot, but if at all possible get your own washer/dryer and dish washing machine. I eat a lot of food and it fuking sucks to clean up your dishes 5 times a day. I only drink water because drinking milk is harder to clean.

Also, you can leave dirty dishes in your room at home for weeks and it's ok. But if you do that in your apartment, prepare your anus for massive amounts of bugs and fruit flies. It might be a constant struggle between yourself and gnats depending on your apartment.

Pros:
- You can do whatever you want, whenever you want
- Miss the toilet and piss on the floor? Who gives a fuk
- Total control over your diet

Cons:
- Cleaning, brb missing Mom now
- Have no money
- Can get lonely if you don't know people

I've watched about 400 episodes of Naruto this summer, so it should tel you the amount of free time you will have. I was taking year's worth of Biochemistry, Speech, going to the gym 5 times a week and also driving over 500 miles every week. And I still had way too much free time.
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#32
I lived in my own room in halls, but i was friends with lots of people in the building, so that was ok.

I live with some friends at the moment, but lately i have found myself home alone quite a lot, because some people are either at home (with parents) for the holidays, or working and stuff, to pass the time, i usually watch a film or play videogames, and when i have been left alone in the daytime i have been going out applying for jobs, generally looking for things to do to keep occupied.

If i lived alone, i think i would get more done, mostly because i don't really like doing absolutely nothing on my own, its ok if you live with other people because then you can just talk to them and generally shoot the shit, but being home alone all day gets very boring, and very lonely quickly.

So yeah, if you are thinking about doing it, good luck, i would imagine it is something you would get used to.
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#33
I moved out when I was 19 to uni and for the past four years I lived with people in rented accomodation and only the past few months I have moved in with my girlfriend and we live together.

So I cant say it has been lonely, but it has been a shock. Make sure you have money, and a job because it gets expensive living on your own and being responisble for bills, and more importantly, booze. You never want to run out of booze.
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#34
Quote by Sief9
I suppose I'll ask in this thread.

Any advice for picking roommates? Assuming I financially can't afford living by myself at all, who should I pick as a roommate? I'm assuming living with a close friend could eventually cause tension. But living with a stranger could be awkward.


Like the other guy said, it totally depends on your living habits.

It is great to be able to get on well with someone, but living with them is a different matter entirely, because unless you are really compatible, or are both willing to make some sacrifices, one of you will eventually get tired of the other.

If you have anybody in mind, just make sure that you see eye to eye on the clean versus messy situation, also, keep in mind, if you are both pretty messy, that is fine, but if it gets to a certain level, your friends probably wouldn't want to come to your house too often.
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#36
I'm sharing a house with other students. We live separate lives, just in the same house. People move in and out every year, and during the holidays they go home to visit their families, so I have lived alone periodically. It's not bad. You can play guitar without bothering anyone.

If you're lonely, you need to find friends. If you're going to school, that shouldn't be a problem, since you'll be around people of your age all the time. I don't think that moving in with someone is the only cure for loneliness.
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#37
I've been living alone for 13 months now, and before that I shared a house with two other guys for about a year. It was quite lonely in the beginning, but you'll get used to it.
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#38
i loved living alone! yeah there is too much free time but thats just more time for you to play guitar and what not. did i mention that not once when i lived alone did i take a shit with the door closed? (well i did when i had guests over) but still! i temporarily moved into a relatives house for the summer and i cannot wait to move out. gettin my own place in 2 weeks again!
#39
Well i live with a roommate but he goes out of town a lot and i've spent over a month before alone in the apartment, so i think i have some incite. It's alright, though it can get pretty lonely sometimes.
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#40
I'm living alone at the moment. It's nice, but right now I'm drinking milk out of a shot glass and eating a PB&J off a napkin because I keep forgetting to wash the dishes and glasses.
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