House sharing with strangers can be hard to get used to at the best of times, especially if you’ve previously been used to having your own space. This is tricky because in London, and many other cities in the UK, living in your own place is out of reach for a lot of people. The challenge of living with others is escalated if you are living in a house share in London as a couple. Many house shares in London don’t have a lounge, so sometimes this means that you and your partner are living in one room for the majority of your time spent at home. Sharing a very small space with another person definitely comes with its difficulties, but that said, I personally believe that a house share in London is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy budget, and even save some money whilst living in the capital. Sometimes, the monetary benefits of house sharing as a couple outweigh the negatives, if you want to find out my survival tips to get through a house share in London, read on…
Have regular date nights
Having regular date nights can be tough if you are trying to save money, but even going for a drink at your local is a change of scenery from being perched on the edge of your bed attempting to eat tacos without making a mess. If you’re living in London, check out my Free Things to do in London guides for some date night inspiration.
When we were house sharing, we spent so much time cooped up in our bedroom, so it was nice to use of the small shared space we did have to do some cooking. Cooking together can be fun, and it means that you feel like you are both making a contribution to household chores. It’s a great way to catch up on each other’s days, and it means that you are actually spending some time in another area of the house.
Again, mini-breaks are not always possible if you are trying to save money, but I am a firm believer in taking regular weekend breaks away from London to get away from the hustle and bustle. One way to do mini breaks on a lower budget is taking the time to visit family and friends who are based elsewhere in the country. It’s so important to take time away so that you can come back to the city refreshed and well rested.
Pinpoint shared financial goals
Whether the reason you are in a house share in London is out of necessity, or you are doing it to save money, make sure you sit down together and discuss what your financial goals are. If you are saving for a deposit on a house, for holidays, or simply to have more disposable income, sharing your financial goals will make the hard days worth it when you see your savings add up.
Give each other space
House sharing as a couple means that personal breathing space can be hard to come by, so it’s important to do what you can to make this happen. Whether it’s going to the gym after work, going to a friend’s house for dinner, or simply going for a bath while they watch their favourite TV programme (which you hate and refuse to watch), most of us need a little “me” time.