Looking after your wellbeing when living alone

If you’re living alone for the first time, it’s natural to have a few anxieties or worries. It’s a huge transition for anyone. 

Going from living in a family home or a house share to being the sole tenant of a rental property can bring feelings of isolation and loneliness — but we’re here to provide some tips and advice so you can thrive in your new home.

Show your personality by accessorising

Home is where the heart is, so it’s always a good idea to throw yourself into accessorising. Many people believe that renting limits the amount you can decorate your property — and this may be true for any permanent renovations. However, there’s nothing stopping you from making your new home your own with accessories, providing that you don’t damage any walls with blue-tac or similar adhesives

From deciding your accessory colour scheme to decking out your property with soft furnishings, photos and accessories, you’ll likely feel more comfortable by yourself in a space that’s designed to your aesthetic preferences. So, go shopping and start accessorising!

Explore your area

If you’re now living alone, chances are you’ve moved to a new neighbourhood. Take this new move as an opportunity to explore your new surroundings. It’s an excellent excuse to peruse the local charity shops, taste-test in the coffee shops, and immerse yourself in your new community. 

At Seekers, our team is based in Newcastle, and we have rental properties available in a variety of locations across the city. If you’re moving to or living in Newcastle, why not take a look and see what your local areas have to offer? There are plenty of great shopping opportunities, plus an array of bars, pubs, and clubs to explore. You could even find a new hobby group, or partake in some fun community meet-ups.

Make an emergency contact list

It’s always best to be prepared — especially if you live alone. In the unfortunate event of an emergency, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency contact list on hand — plus, it can give you and your loved ones peace of mind.

Place this list near your property landline phone if it has one or add it to your mobile emergency contacts. Ensure that every number is clearly labelled and visible. It would also be a smart idea to send this to your main emergency contact if they ever need to call on your behalf.

Some contacts worth including could be:

  • Landlord

  • Local police department

  • Local fire brigade

  • Local hospital

  • National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)

  • Doctor’s office

  • Dentist

  • Veterinarian (if your property allows pets)

  • Neighbours

Set up direct debits for your bills

When you live in a student property, it’s very common for bills to be included in your overall rent fee. However, when you live alone, you will need to take responsibility and control of your utility bills.

This can be a daunting thought for many — especially since it can feel like a lot to juggle. From water and TV licences to electricity and wifi, this can be a lot to manage every month. To make it easier for yourself every month, why not set up direct debits?

Direct debits are extremely handy. Instead of manually paying all of your bills every month, your bill money will be taken from your chosen account automatically on a date of your choosing. All you have to do is make sure you have the money available in your chosen account. You can easily get in touch with your utility bill suppliers to set up a direct debit.

Enjoy your alone time

No matter whether you’ve decided to live alone, or your circumstances have led you to live alone, it’s important to remember that solo living offers a ton of benefits.

In life, there aren’t many opportunities to give yourself the gift of time. Relish in the idea of coming home to your own peaceful sanctuary — where everything is just how you want it to be. No more rummaging for lost items, or tidying away clutter that isn’t yours.

Organise yourself some solo dates, or plan a few nice and relaxing evenings so you can do what you love. Living alone for the first time presents the opportunity for you to get to know yourself better. 

Embrace solo living with Seekers

At Seekers, our team is equipped to help solo tenants thrive in their chosen property. Whether you’re a graduate or a young professional, we have a range of rental properties available in Newcastle.

For more information, head on over to our Tenant Hub for more information and advice. Looking to rent? Get in touch with our team to start your property search today.