The concept of living in one room is not something that is new to me, or Chris.
In fact during the time of our relationship we have lived with both of our parents at some point, renting a room from them to store all of our stuff and live in; rented with friends, again storing most of our possessions in our room; and have lived in the world’s smallest flat.
However the concept of literally shopping for a room to live in is odd to me. When we rented with friends they were friends before and together we made the decision to move in together. This time there is the potential of moving into an already formed house or into one that is empty but being filled up constantly by new faces. There is also the daunting idea that currently I am spoilt with a full chest of drawers, 3 breast wardrobe and another set of thin drawers for my clothes alone… A luxury that I don’t think I can afford in a London house share.
I’ve been monitoring SpareRoom and GumTree for about 2 months. Flicking between cities and more specifically areas of North London for the ideal room to come up and grab my attention. I began messaging people about mid-May. This was a mistake and way too early to begin looking at potential rooms to live in. Turns out in London when they say a room is available now it means they wanted you to move in yesterday, in fact no that’s too late you should have move in early last week. Obviously our situation didn’t lend itself to such a fast moving market, especially considering I have work commitments until the end of June and Chris has exams.
We ended up securing most of our viewings in the week leading up to our visiting day, this Saturday just gone. In total we had a lot less viewings than I’d hoped for, but with rooms going so quickly and our budget being limited in hindsight I think my original estimation had been too much. People are reaaaaaallly rubbish at getting back to you too on SpareRoom. Some are good obviously, otherwise we’d have had no viewings, but I couldn’t help myself feeling a little suspicious of those who did respond because they had responded.
In the end we did find a room we were happy with, a little further out than we’d look previously, but still more than manageable in terms of commute. We’re in the process now of securing it, which means going through all of the shitty paperwork I remember so fondly from renting before. During our search, whether rightly or wrongly, we went for all bills included, so for at least the 1st 6 months of our contract we know exactly what is coming out of our account and when.
The reality of actually moving is starting to set in… Like we actually have a financial commitment to move for now. We will have our only little space of London. For that I have 2 words (potentially 3) – HOLY SHITBALLS.