• Tristan Angelini

Pros and Cons of Communal Living


People have always had mixed perceptions about communal living. It’s not an option that everyone agrees on because of so many reasons. Maybe it’s due to privacy reasons or just being with other people, but this matter always generates a mixed response from people. Although not everyone thinks this way, we can all agree that being homeless is something that all of us do not want to experience—ever.


What exactly is communal living? Why does it produce such a mixed reaction?


Communal living simply means shared living. Individuals get to live together and share spaces. They also share facilities and sometimes do activities together. This set up may occur because of religious or secular beliefs—or even just a personal choice. Living within a community has been around for centuries and this concept was more embraced before than it is today. However, because of all the issues arising in terms of rising property prices and wage stagnation, communal living has become a more acceptable option for many.


It’s important that before jumping into any major decision, you get a realistic view of what it is. It is believed to have what are the pros and cons of communal living?


PROS

There are plenty of benefits of living in a community. Here are some of those.


Decreased Loneliness

Living alone can be very lonely for a lot of people. But with communal living, you are always surrounded by different people who you can communicate with and will eventually become your friends. Isolation is such a common occurrence especially if you are away from people close to you, but with communal living, you have no choice but be with people you can talk to any time of the day.


Sense of Responsibility

Even if amenities and facilities a communal rooming house would probably provide the things an individual would need daily, but it doesn’t mean your responsibilities stop. To have a decent and orderly communal living, you will need to perform different chores and tasks. You also get to be responsible with one another which creates a bond.


Sense of Belonging

Just like I have mentioned, being responsible with yourself and with one another creates a lasting bond. Communal living encourages communication. You get to feel a sense of belonging in a community where everyone looks out for each other. There’s fulfillment and contentment when you belong.


Reduced Cost of Living

Communal living means not only do you get to share space; you also share utility fees or costs. This way, you are paying less than the normal costs when you live alone. Living in a community would mean that resources are easy to access, but because other individuals are living in the same vicinity, everything must be used carefully and these resources are not wasted.


Cooperation

Community living teaches individuals so many things. One important thing about is cooperation and being able to deal with other people. You learn to adjust to others and not just think about yourself all the time. There is a distribution of work because it promotes being able to cooperate with others. It saves time and money.


CONS

If there are pros, it is natural that there are cons you will have to keep in mind.


Conflicts

Because communal living is technically living with strangers, conflicts may happen anytime. You spend a lot of time with people you generally do not know so differing views and opinions may result in various issues. Sometimes, the division of household chores may cause squabbles. The key here is patience and understanding.


A Set of Rules to Follow

You basically can do whatever you want if you live on your own and in your own home. But a communal home will not allow you to do that. There are a set of rules to follow and restrictions to observe. If you do not adhere to these rules, you might lose your privileges or your space. Some communal living spaces are stricter than the others, but there will always be rules whether you like or not.


Privacy

Communal homes may be too crowded for your liking which could affect the privacy of the individuals inside the home. The most recommended number per room is three, but it may increase depending on the density.


Everything is shared

Communal living is shared resources, shared responsibilities, and shared spaces. Those who are not used to this could find it overwhelming. It takes a lot of getting used to especially if you have been by yourself for most of your life.


Differences in tastes

Issues may arise because of different preferences such as tastes and beliefs. For example, you share a room with a tenant who prefers the room to look a certain way and feels strongly about it, this could be something to have to be resolved.

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