Have you ever gotten some delicious takeout Chinese food and had your roommate look longingly over your shoulder before innocently uttering, “Can I have a bite?” And we all know that “a bite” really means half the plate.
Additionally, you can leave your leftovers in the fridge and know that they won’t have mysteriously disappeared when you wake up the next morning!
2. You Can Have Overnight Guests And No One Will Know
You probably wish you lived alone that one time you had an embarrassing drunken hookup in your college apartment and the next morning all of your roommates laughed at you uncontrollably and cracked jokes about it for the rest of the school year. Living by yourself means that no one will ever know who you invited over last night!
Another great thing about living alone is the fact that if you don’t want to clean anything, then you don’t have to! You can leave those dirty dishes from last week in the sink if you want to. Who really cares if you’re living in filth*? The only person to blame is yourself, and that’s pretty freeing.
That’s right, if you see a bloodsucking behemoth with eight little beady eyes in your apartment, you’re the only one who’s going to be able to do anything about it. It’s just you versus that spider, and we all know this apartment ain’t big enough for the two of you.
Alternate plan: become really good friends with your neighbor and make them get it for you.
There’s no one to knock on the bathroom door and ask “What you’re doing in there?” or complain that you left your makeup everywhere, or nag you to leave the toilet seat down every day. That bathroom is yours, and yours alone 24/7.
Speaking of food, you’ll also start to notice how empty your fridge seems on a regular basis. After all, it’s only you who uses it. The bad news here is that when you inevitably run out of food, you don’t have a roommate you can pester to just grab you some takeout on their way home from work...so grocery shopping it is!
Everyone has had that roommate who left messes everywhere and always invited over their annoying, loud friends at 11pm on weeknights. And of course, that left you wondering: Do you confront them about it and risk getting into a big fight, or do you let it slide and continue to be annoyed all the time? Well, when you live alone you never have to deal with that problem.
Sometimes you just miss having roommates that you can hang out with on a Friday night at your disposal. Even if it’s just watching Netflix on the couch while drinking a glass of wine, or having some of that special together-alone time where you both do your own separate thing while in the same room. Sometimes it’s just nice to have some of that good old human interaction.
When you first move out on your own, cooking for just yourself can take a little getting used to, especially if you’re accustomed to feeding several people at once. And sometimes cooking for only one can kind of seem like too much work, so you might end up ordering takeout pad thai more often than you really should.
But, it’s delicious, so you’re not really mad about it.
If you’re someone who likes to sleep in, then you’ll understand the pure bliss that is not being woken up by your roommate who is a morning person and routinely likes to blast terrible techno music at the crack of dawn every Saturday morning. It’s the same thing when you just want to take a nap, or on those nights when you kind of just want to turn in early.
Living alone can sometimes turn you into a bit of a hermit if you’re not careful. Suddenly you get a message from your friend wondering where the heck you’ve been for the past three months and you realize that you haven’t actually seen the sun in weeks.
Sometimes it’s just time to strap on your trusty dancing shoes and go for a night out with your friends.
You’re free to be your weird self, whenever you want. You can channel Drake and dance like a crazy person or walk around naked, or even sing along to that Justin Bieber song you always pretend to hate in front of your friends.