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Hey guys! It’s guest post month on the blog! Every Wednesday there will be an author featured here. This post is about living alone in college by the fabulous Makaela from uniquelymickie.com

Guest posters opinions are entirely their own and may not reflect the views of APSL. 

After three years of living with roommates, I finally said enough is enough to interesting roommates and decided to live alone in college. I’m an only child so when I had to live with people in the college dorms and in apartments it was a big adjustment for me. While I learned a lot from the experiences, this year was the year that I wanted to live alone and learn more about myself as an adult.

Makaela from uniquelymickie.com tells us 6 reasons to live alone in college

Here are the reasons why I chose to live alone in college:

1. Privacy
Man when I tell you I have always had interesting roommates ever since I started college, I’m not exaggerating. I’ve always valued privacy since I was a kid, but I have learned to love it even more now that I’m in school full-time. You might walk out of your room to grab some water before bed and find a party getting started in your living room. Or maybe you might come home after class to find a random guy on your coach with no roommate to ask who the heck the person was. Yes, that’s what I had to deal with it and why I’m loving living solo.

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2. Freedom
The best part about living alone is the freedom that you gain. No more having to consider someone else’s schedule or collaborating on decoration styles. In my other apartments, I never really decorated in the living room or bathroom because I didn’t want someone else ruining the items that I bought. Nobody cares about your personal items more than you do after all.

3. Peace and quiet
While working and being in class half of the day is great and all, sometimes the best part of coming home is the peace and quiet of your own space. You can literally hear yourself think, which is great for when you need to take a mental break from life.

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4. Cleaning
What’s the saying that every parent says to their child? ‘My house, my rules’? The same goes when you’re living alone. You can choose how, when, and how often you choose to clean your apartment. Plus it’s a lot easier to live in your own filth versus living in someone’s filth that you can’t control. Trust me, nothing’s worse than having a roommate that never cleans her dishes until the sink is too full to stuff anymore.

5. Career enhancement
When you want to be successful in your career or studies, you have to take the time out of your day to put the work in. That lifestyle and mindset doesn’t come to the weak-hearted or lazy individuals. Having a space to your own will allow you to be worker harder and put more time into your business.

For me, I have to study a lot for pharmacy school and publish blog posts in between my study sessions. Coming home to a quiet and clean apartment space is the perfect place for me to work hard and set myself up for future success.

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6. Self-discovery
Living alone really teaches you a lot about yourself. The main reason is because you have to act different and be more considerate of someone else’s space when you live with roommates. When you’re living solo, you have to learn a new set of rules; the rules of being independent and self-sufficient.

do you live alone in college? or did you in the past?


Author: Makaela

Hey! I'm Makaela from Uniquely Mickie, a college & lifestyle blog. I'm a current pharmacy student at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. When I'm not studying drugs or drug mechanisms, I love swimming, shopping, and hanging out with friends. Check out my blog to learn more about me! And we totally need to be friends!

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  • Love all these aspects of living alone (introvert here), but I spent college in a sorority house with 40 other girls, so privacy or peace and quiet were hard to find!

    • Makaela Premont

      I’m a total introvert too! Omg I don’t know how you dealt with that being an introvert! I applaud you girl

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    After 20+ years of living with a husband and now 4 kids, I wish sometimes that I could go back to the days when I lived in my own apartment! I never lived in the dorms because I grew up in a college town (Montreal) and went to school where I lived. I lived at home and then later in my own roomy, one bedroom apartment. The rent and utilities were less than the dorm fees some friends were paying for a shared room! And as you mentioned, I very much valued the privacy and freedom of living alone. Life was much easier and less complicated for me than for those who shared a place.

    • Makaela Premont

      Oh wow yes I can totally imagine that’s a different environment living with so many people. I love that I get to make my decisions and things are so much less complicated.

  • Living with a roommate in college for a year was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do! I can totally relate with coming home after a long day and finding someone random sitting on your couch! So annoying!

    Carrie | https://stellatide.com/

    • Makaela Premont

      Yay! I’m so glad that you understand my pain of living with a set of random roommates

  • Jeni

    Living alone in college was hands down one of the best things I ever did. It was lonely at times, but I wouldn’t have become the me I am today without it!

    • Makaela Premont

      I’m loving it so far and I can totally see how it can get lonely at times. I’m so bad at going into like a cave environment but luckily my friends get me out of that funk

  • Moving out of the dorms and into our own apartment was the best thing that I could have done for myself. I’m so much happier. I was living with all of my friends at the time and it stressful.

    • Makaela Premont

      Yes! Living with other people is really stressful while living alone is so peaceful! Im very happy with my decision and so glad that you are too

  • Miss ALK

    I had roommates for most of college, but senior year I had a single room with a suitemate (sharing a bathroom). It was the BEST!! She was one of my best friends- I think we would have gone nuts sharing a bedroom, but being suitemates was just close enough. 🙂 You make some good points here!

    xoxo A

    • Makaela Premont

      Oh wow! I’m glad that you had a good experience living with a friend. I tried that as well and we ended up not clicking as much as we had before. So we ended up going our own ways. But I’m glad that you were able too! It’s almost like living alone

  • mckenna bleu

    I think there are pros and cons to both situations but living alone is definitely nice 🙂

    • Makaela Premont

      Yes there’s definitely pros and cons but I think living alone wins (;

  • Rachel Ritlop

    YASSS! I couldn’t agree more that it’s so nice to actually have peace and quiet in college!

    • Makaela Premont

      Girl! Yasssss it’s so nice and everything is exactly the same as when you left it

  • Ashley Vickney

    I lived alone for one semester and it was SO nice!

    • Makaela Premont

      So peaceful! You should totally go back to living alone

  • I’ve never had a roommate! I’m way too introverted for that!

    • Makaela Premont

      I wish! It definitely taught me a lot of valuable lessons though by living with other people. But I’m glad to be living alone and getting the chance to learn about myself

  • I loved living alone in college for a few years but i also got blessed with some pretty great roommates which was nice lol.

    • Makaela Premont

      You got the best of both worlds! So lucky!

  • I wish I had lived alone in college – I kept having terrible roommates! I move into a one bedroom apartment tomorrow and I CAN’T WAIT!


    • Makaela Premont

      Good luck! It’s so amazing especially compared to living with terrible roommates. I got all kinds of stories from my experiences

  • Patricia Conte

    Peace and quiet, and self discovery — two great reasons to love living on your own! I totally get what you mean with the other list of reasons, too!

    • Yes!

    • Makaela Premont

      Yes! They were the main reason for me choosing to live alone but the other ones nailed the coffin 😂

  • Super Millennial

    Peace & quiet leads to self discovery no doubt.. It wasn’t until I lived on my own that I really found out what I wanted and had the time needed!

  • Carly Ned

    It’s so smart to live alone and have that experience!
    xx Carly | http://www.thecarlycollective.com

    • I think so too.

    • Makaela Premont

      Thank you! I’m glad that you agree

  • I think it’s so smart to live alone. I tried having roommates twice and it was a fail. The second time not so much, but the first time around was horrible.
    I think giving it a shot for a semester might be okay but if you are uncomfortable, time to move on.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Haha it’s good to try it both.

    • Makaela Premont

      Totally agree! You gotta try both and to see what works best for you. I kinda knew from the jump though but it was cheaper living with roommates

  • I think everyone should live alone at least once in their life. It teaches you so much!

    • Absolutely!

    • Makaela Premont

      Definitely! It’s a total must

  • Amy

    I had roommates all 4 years of college and def had manyups and downs with them. Can’t wait to finally get a place of my own!

    Amy – pastelnpink

    • I bet it will be great!

    • Makaela Premont

      Yes girl! It’s going to a total game changer

  • Kate

    Living alone at some point in your life is so great for self discovery! We couldn’t agree more!

    • So true!

    • Makaela Premont

      I’m so glad that you agree!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    I feel like it’s much more comfy living alone & you don’t have to clean up after anyone. Nothing is better than privacy as well.

    • Haha definitely much more comfy.

    • Makaela Premont

      Totally relaxed! You can literally do anything and nobody messes with you

  • I never lived alone and honestly sometimes I wish I had! My roommates were pretty cool but sometimes having some space to think is awesome!

    • Lol that seems to be the common opinion!

    • Makaela Premont

      Definitely! Living alone is something everyone needs to do

  • Yes to cleanliness!! Your mess is one thing and even that gets overwhelming, but living in someone else’s mess? No thanks!

    • Makaela Premont

      Right! I’m so glad that you agree lol

  • Brooke Pollard

    I totally agree with this post haha. I didn’t live alone through collage but stayed at home. I can’t do the roommate thing! I am WAY too big a neat freak, and have experienced long stays with friends to know that roomies just aren’t for me!

    • I have too! I went to summer camp and had roommate and while I like it for a couple months I don’t think I could handle it for a semester or two haha.

  • Living alone is AMAZING! Like it’s nice to split rent with someone but it’s so nice to have a place that it really your own. I only did a year of college but I had roommates from age 17-22 and then lived by myself for a few years until my boyfriend and I moved in together. I love living with him but sometimes I definitely do miss living alone.

    • Lol 4 years might be too much for me haha.