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Stay in bedsit/room or get a flat?

ryouga Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
I started a thread a week and a half ago as I was wanting to move back to my home town, and currently I stay in student accomodation and have a massive room(not inc bills) foir £50 a week and there is 2 empty rooms in the house with no locks so can use them like a flat if bored(though I never do as its hassle taking my pc across when I want to use it)

Plus the housemate brings randomers back from clubs for parties and they start snooping round rooms and have had a few things stolen already from the communal wardrobe.

Despite that I love the freedom of space but only when I havent got things on my mind.

So I am torn between getting a flat in my home town 35-40 miles away in a tiny town with nothing there, but has excellent(for me) clubs and bars and parents live there so can see them often, but flats and bedsits there are VERY expensive i.e its about £90-£100 a week for a tiny 1 bedroom flat then you have to pay council tax and bills on top.

I saw a friend last week when viewing flats and am looking after his flat for abut 10 days but have come back to my bedsit every day because the friend only has a portable tv, no pc, no internet and no digital tv and the house is FREEZING and I do mean that, I have to sleep in a t shirt and hoodie and tracksuit bottoms and still am cold, and got a sore back from his bed(though its less than a year old and double bed)

However I felt "better" in that flat but didnt feel like home and when I came back to my bedsit I felt like I did before my serious depression probably because I was out of the house for hours and not swamped with all my dvds and tv etc.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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banned#1
Are you saying TV gives you depression?
#2
may I ask what area you stay in? I have a rubbish student flat too, but pay £83 a week not including bills, £50 seems VERY cheap! I wish I had found somewhere like that!
#3
Depends on your financial situation - not just rent but all the bills and it all adds up

1 bed flat here is about £600pm which is shocking, once you add council tax etc

Could you not find a flatshare, more space than a bedsit and less rent than doing it alone?
#4
live within ur means
if you can afford a flat go for it
if not don't
#5
libEL
Depends on your financial situation - not just rent but all the bills and it all adds up

1 bed flat here is about £600pm which is shocking, once you add council tax etc

Could you not find a flatshare, more space than a bedsit and less rent than doing it alone?


Dont want a flatshare for a few reasons, one is that I get partial housing benefit so if I get a flat I will get more so it will even out to pretty much the same, and everytime I have shared with people it has ended badly as I have a different routine to almost everyone else and want to come and go as I please. I dont mind having a bedsit and sharing a kitchen but not a flatshare due to if one person doesnt pay the rent both are screwed same for electric and gas.
#6
If it was me, and I could afford to go for the 1bed flat over a bedsit then I'd do that :)

Thing is you dont want to be moving back there because of all the places you can go out - and then having no money to do that as its all being eaten by your living costs!

Cant you just move back in with your parents lol
#7
Jesus, a one bedroom flat for £90-£100 a week? If you think that's expensive, then don't ever move to London!
#8
cookiemonster83
Jesus, a one bedroom flat for £90-£100 a week? If you think that's expensive, then don't ever move to London!


+1!
#9
cookiemonster83
Jesus, a one bedroom flat for £90-£100 a week? If you think that's expensive, then don't ever move to London!


Its expensive for the area it is, well maybe not expensive as you can get ones more expensive than that but its high cost considering there is a huge shortage of jobs in the area and on the chance you get a job it will likely be part time and minimum wage, no skilled jobs available as most of the young people move away to big cities here.
banned#10
ryouga
Its expensive for the area it is, well maybe not expensive as you can get ones more expensive than that but its high cost considering there is a huge shortage of jobs in the area and on the chance you get a job it will likely be part time and minimum wage, no skilled jobs available as most of the young people move away to big cities here.


Why is your location Chester?
#11
DLM
Why is your location Chester?


Lived there before and just never updated it lol, keep forgetting.
banned#12
ryouga
Lived there before and just never updated it lol, keep forgetting.


It causes confusion :p
#13
ryouga
Its expensive for the area it is, well maybe not expensive as you can get ones more expensive than that but its high cost considering there is a huge shortage of jobs in the area and on the chance you get a job it will likely be part time and minimum wage, no skilled jobs available as most of the young people move away to big cities here.


Yeah but you can get Housing Benefit to help you out. Even if you work full time, you can get housing benefit assistance if you earn beneath a certain amount.
banned#14
just do whatever makes you feel right
#15
cookiemonster83
Yeah but you can get Housing Benefit to help you out. Even if you work full time, you can get housing benefit assistance if you earn beneath a certain amount.


The local council are very picky though, When I lived there before and had a £45 a week bedsit and earned about £102 a week they told me I was earning too much to get HB as the cut off point is £100

But I am entitiled to it now I have disabilities so I would get about half HB so may work out about £10 a week more than I am paying now for a bedsit to get a flat., the main thing keeping me back is bills because heating is very expensive and I get lonely on my own(unless I have a big flat)
banned#16
Can you not ask your local housing association/council to house you?

You seem to be having a lot of difficulties.

Can they not help?
#17
DLM
Can you not ask your local housing association/council to house you?

You seem to be having a lot of difficulties.

Can they not help?


Massive waiting list of years pretty much
banned#18
ryouga
Massive waiting list of years pretty much


Have you asked them?
#19
DLM
Have you asked them?


Not recently but there really is a long waiting list and I would prefer a non HA flat.
banned#20
ryouga
Not recently but there really is a long waiting list and I would prefer a non HA flat.


You can't afford to be fussy.

I wouldn't mind a HA place.

You wouldn't have to pay for all the repairs etc...
#21
DLM
You can't afford to be fussy.

I wouldn't mind a HA place.

You wouldn't have to pay for all the repairs etc...


Arent HA places unfurnished though? I dont mind one short term but would prefer an old fashioned building with a back gate and washing line etc like the nice flat I had 4 years ago(would go back there if I could!)
banned#22
ryouga
Arent HA places unfurnished though? I dont mind one short term but would prefer an old fashioned building with a back gate and washing line etc like the nice flat I had 4 years ago(would go back there if I could!)


What happened to the flat 4 years ago?

I think you can get help to furnish HA flats.

You could get a few bits maybe from freecycle etc...
#23
DLM
What happened to the flat 4 years ago?

I think you can get help to furnish HA flats.

You could get a few bits maybe from freecycle etc...


I moved out after 6 months because it was too expensive for me at the time, was £80 a week and my income was £85 a week so had £5 for bills and food etc. I did move back to the same town last summer and saw it for rent but stupidly the sign in the window blocked the number off so I couldnt contact owner!

When I had a unfurnished flat last year I had to pay over £150 for furniture as nowhere had free stuff and I didnt own a car.
banned#24
ryouga
I moved out after 6 months because it was too expensive for me at the time, was £80 a week and my income was £85 a week so had £5 for bills and food etc. I did move back to the same town last summer and saw it for rent but stupidly the sign in the window blocked the number off so I couldnt contact owner!

When I had a unfurnished flat last year I had to pay over £150 for furniture as nowhere had free stuff and I didnt own a car.


You should have posted a note through the letterbox.
#25
DLM
You should have posted a note through the letterbox.


Possibly but the current tenant may of just binned it or not got back thats if there was even anyone currently in it because they had a big sign in the bedroom and living room windows, one said for sale, one said for rent.
#26
Go back home to your parents, you obviously can't cope living alone yet
#27
choc1969
Go back home to your parents, you obviously can't cope living alone yet


I have lived away from home for 10 years ok thank you.

If you refer to the times I wrote issues I have, you arent thinking of the bigger picture.
#28
ryouga;8044230
I have lived away from home for 10 years ok thank you.

If you refer to the times I wrote issues I have, you arent thinking of the bigger picture.


no, I am referring to this thread, go home, save some money and get your self confidence back, you'll find it easier to lose weight too
#29
choc1969
no, I am referring to this thread, go home, save some money and get your self confidence back, you'll find it easier to lose weight too



I would but then would work out probably worse off since parents would want weekly rent money and I cant commute to uni or at least cheaply since they live 8-10 miles out of town and its £4 return to town alone and means I cant live as I want or go out for a night out etc.

I would probably lose a bit of weight but be unhappy as I had no freedom, plus parents house is freezing!
banned#30
ryouga
Possibly but the current tenant may of just binned it or not got back thats if there was even anyone currently in it because they had a big sign in the bedroom and living room windows, one said for sale, one said for rent.


Did it not say the name of the company letting it?
#31
I believe most HA now work on a bidding system.

It may be worth your while getting on the 'list' as if you have disabilities that will mean you are awarded extra points.

Its not a case of waiting till you are top of the list now :)
#32
DLM
Did it not say the name of the company letting it?


Just a phone number but the position the sign was cut out the bottom half of the numbers!
#33
libEL
I believe most HA now work on a bidding system.

It may be worth your while getting on the 'list' as if you have disabilities that will mean you are awarded extra points.

Its not a case of waiting till you are top of the list now :)


I was thinking of that but wouldnt I need loads of proof?
banned#34
ryouga
I would but then would work out probably worse off since parents would want weekly rent money and I cant commute to uni or at least cheaply since they live 8-10 miles out of town and its £4 return to town alone and means I cant live as I want or go out for a night out etc.

I would probably lose a bit of weight but be unhappy as I had no freedom, plus parents house is freezing!


Is there any way you can change your university?
banned#35
ryouga
I was thinking of that but wouldnt I need loads of proof?


Proof of what?
#36
DLM
Is there any way you can change your university?


Its a possibility but again I may not like where I go, there is a small uni in my home town nice uni but only about 4 courses there and it may be shut down in the next 2 years as it cant get the funding, was almost closed 2 years ago but managed to get new funding.

TBH I'd rather be at a nice art college that does degrees than a uni since the nightlife and people there are nicer.
#37
DLM
Proof of what?


Disabilities.
#38
Yes you'd need proof but that shouldnt be too hard

Letter from GP to start I would think
banned#39
ryouga
Disabilities.


I am sure your doctor could write a report for you.

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