[My Experience] Advantages and disadvantages to share house with your “friends”. [House for two men]

2019 6/21

I often hear about share house these days, but how is it? Having experienced two share houses, I ‘m going to share the advantages and disadvantages based on my experiences.


First of all, there are two types of share houses.

Share-house is roughly divided into two types.

That’s whether the person you are sharing is a “friend” or “others”.

This time I will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of sharing house with friends.

If you are interested in the advantages and disadvantages of sharing houses with others, please read this article below.

Advantages and disadvantages of sharing house with “others” .

Advantages of sharing house with your “friends”

  1. Fixed cost is low
  2. You don’t have to be so careful to friends compared to living with others.
  3. You can make friends for life

Ⅰ. Fixed cost is low

This is something that is common to all share houses, but it is the best benefit.

Basically all the bills of things you share are splited, so you can simply save your money.

I am sharing house with my friend, and introduce the fixed cost breakdown of one month.

  • Rent (2DK): 65,000 yen
  • Electricity, gas, water supply: 6,000 yen
  • Wi-Fi: 2,500 yen

 Total: 73,500 yen

I will explain whether this is expensive or cheap.

Let’s compare the average rent for living alone, electricity, gas, water, and Wi-Fi.

  • Rent (1K): 107,500 yen (the market value of the place where I currently live.)
  • Electricity, gas, water supply: 9817 yen
  • Wi-Fi: 4,000 to 5,000 yen

 Total: 120,000 yen

You will be able to live about 50,000 yen cheaper than living alone!

This is about 600,000 in a year. It is equivalent to one bonus of a large company!

In fact, it will save more than 600,000 yen a year, as food costs and furniture costs are often borne by each other.

Ⅱ. You don’t have to be so careful to friends compared to living with others.

I think “trouble with the living person” is one of the uneasiness elements of the person who think about sharing house.

Specifically, it is “Cleaning of common space”, “Taking out trash”, “Life Sound”, “Friends who roommate brings”.

Regarding the above events, the rule is clearly defined in the general share-house, and if someone breaks it, the relationship of trust collapses at a dash.

On the other hand, if you live with your friend, you can respond fairly flexibly.

In fact we don’t have exact rules about those things.

The person who notices takes out the trash. When I bring my friend, I text to my roommate.It is a our style.

This is to be able to consist of a well-known relationship.

Ⅲ. You can make friends for life

Actually, I think this is the number one advantage.

If you graduated a school, many people will become estranged from your friends in your school days.

A friend who can go out for life is very valuable.

If it is a two-year contract, you will live together for two years, so there must be a lot of things going on.

Calling each other’s friends for a home party, talking about life, and communal life are many things that influence your life.

The share-house can make mutual relations deepen further.

Disadvantages of sharing house with your “friends”

  1. Hard to find property
  2. Troublesome to manage money
  3. It is difficult to expand exchange relations compared to living with others.

Ⅰ. Hard to find property

In the case of share house with others, the operating company provides the property.

However, if you live with your friend, you need to find the property yourself.

We were looking for a property in Shinjuku ward, but there were a lot of places where the share house was not possible in the first place.

So you will find “possible to share” and “Both parties can agree” property.

This was harder than I expected, and I had been looking for a property while working, and it took me about a month to sing a contract.

There were some gaps between “distance to work” and “Criteria for choosing Properties”, so it was necessary to compromise.

Ⅱ. Troublesome to manage money

Managing money is very important. You have to decide the rules for this.

To give a concrete example, “rent is deducted from the account of A, and the utility cost is from B’s account. And B will transfer the difference to A.”

It is not a big deal if you decide once, but please note that the relationship becomes considerably worse if ambiguous here.

In addition, the receipt should be taken if the daily necessities such as detergents, shampoo, toilet paper are shared. In fact, in our case, these kind of is settled suitably, but it is good to rule beforehand.

Let’s be careful because it is the worst to break relationships with money.

Ⅲ. It is difficult to expand exchange relations compared to living with others.

This is for the purpose of sharing house, but the width of the companionship does not expand by the share house by an operating company.

The differences are mainy “number of people who live together” and “their features”.

The share house that the management company is recruiting is the average of seven people, and the property which can move up to 100 people.

When you share house with your friends, it’s roughly 2-5 people, there are few people in the first place.

The feature of the living person is also different. If you live with your friends, the person you live with is your friend, and the people they bring are friends of friends. You may already be acquainted.

In addition, people who think of sharing house with others, “I want to be friends with people who do not normally!

And they have a party in the living room on the weekend, or try to interact positively with their roommates. There is a place where the management company opens the party.

In conclusion, compared to the share house with “Others”, the share house with “friends”, you can see that the spread of friendship of “friends type”is overwhelmingly less.

What do you think after reading this airticle? I hope it will be helpful to those who are thinking about the share house.

That’s all, thank you for reading to the end.



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