Living in a shared house is a unique journey that can be both exciting and rewarding. It's a lifestyle choice filled with unique encounters, shared memories, and friendships that often last a lifetime. But what's it really like to call a shared house your home? Let's embark on a journey through the eyes of one of our housemates, Lauren, who has shared her perspective on the joys of shared house living.
‘Life in a shared house.
Upon receiving a job offer for a position in Reading and never having stepped foot in Berkshire before, a family friend recommended Snug Shared Living. When I looked them up on the internet, the community vibe was the most appealing aspect to me, as I saw it as a great way to make friends. At first, I was apprehensive that it was going to be a group of people who were out partying every night or messy with the property not being kept up to standard like some university properties. However, my experience was the complete opposite. Don’t get me wrong, we as a house we know how to have a good time but tend to leave it for the occasional weekend when we’re not busy with work commitments. Coming home from work and knowing someone is in the house, even if you don’t interact with them is a huge comfort. I truly love the strange and tangent conversations held over dinner time when house mates are cooking, eating and watching TV.
My personal favourite experiences in this shared house are around Christmas time, when Snug organise the week of Christmas challenges to win a grand prize. This challenge certainly brought out the competitive side of everyone and we are still to this day proud of our Christmas video. The friendships formed in the house lead to a greater community unfolding, with old housemates popping by and meeting the new ones. Although sometimes I do feel like a postman with informing others of their mail.
Living in a shared house, is great way for a young professional to make a fresh start and form new friendships. It is a cheaper way of living and limits the feeling of isolation. Living with a group of people increases your chances of forming meaningful bonds by getting through the highs and lows of life together.’