Single and surrounded by relationships

Living in a house when you’ve always been the single housemate can be a blessing and a curse. If your housemates are super coupley, it can be annoying and awkward, and leave your single housemate feeling like the odd one out. The good thing about living with a bunch of couples is like having your own fan club; they cheer you on when you go on a date and cheer you up when you decide to just be mates.  

The awkward questions from your family asking if you’ve got a significant other is always a topic you’d rather avoid. This is not to say that you haven’t dated or had a one-night stand or even a fling, but the fact is, it’s much more difficult to find someone you actually want to be with than people may think. With the addition of dating apps, and less human interaction, the dating game has become a heck of a lot more complex with everyone swiping for the next best thing; a committed relationship is a rarity. At uni, everything is temporary, from your modules to your living situation, so why would dating be any different?

Many people have long-distance relationships with people from their hometowns, which can be good because most of the time it feels like everyone is single. You still get to spend time with your friends, and when their other halves visit you get some quality you-time. As the single housemate, you learn to be your own best friend and you can take more time to see your other single pals. You tend to spend a lot of time alone and being comfortable on your own is a major part of this. However, if you struggle to spend a lot of time by yourself, keeping busy with uni work, seeing friends and joining societies is a good way to distract yourself from feeling lonely in those times when everyone is partnered off.

Having no restrictions means that you as the lucky singleton don’t have to answer to anyone, and you can live your best life without worrying about anyone else. You have more freedom than the couples. While they stay in you can stay out as late as you like; they spend money on each other, and your student loan is all for you; and when they’re bickering about the washing up, you’re eating your meal in peace – dinner and a show! There are many perks to being single, so enjoy it while you can!

Isabelle Marsh

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