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Grimy coffee cups, dirty clothes all over the floor and uninvited guests – and they're not even yours! These are the joys of flatsharing. So why do we do it? Well, for many, buying a house or flat is just too expensive. In fact, according to the Guardian1, the total amount of rent paid by tenants2 in Britain in 2017 rose to more than £50 billion – more than double the level of ten years prior. And for those who do, many choose to share the place with strangers to save money. You rent a room and share the kitchen, living room and bathroom, for example. But apart from the financial saving, what are the pros3 and cons4 of flatsharing?
The pros? Well, living with others means that you can pool your resources. You may not even need to ask; just leave an IOU. Then there's the fact that you gain access to their social networks. Living with people means meeting their friends, who may then become your friends. And don't forget the networking opportunity. Lastly, there's the emotional support. Due to the nature of communal5 living, you're not just dealing6 with your own life events, but other people's too. Most likely, there'll always be a shoulder to cry on when you need one. But don't forget to reciprocate7 when they need it.
Now the cons. There's limited storage space, for a start. In most cases, the kitchen, for example, will be divvied up into designated shelves and areas. Worse, many people may not respect these boundaries. You might well come home to find someone's pilfered8 your milk or shower gel, and no one owns up to it. Furthermore, despite the rota showing that cleaning is everyone's responsibility, some people don't like to pull their weight. And then there are the unexpected guests. If a flatmate forgets to keep you in the loop about a party they're throwing and all you want is a quiet night, it can be challenging.
Whether the pros outweigh9 the cons is something everyone must decide for themselves. Some people prefer their own space, while others thrive in a social environment. Regardless, for many who lack the means to buy their own property, a flatshare is, and will continue to be, a necessity.


1 guardian 8ekxv     
  • The form must be signed by the child's parents or guardian. 這張表格須由孩子的家長或監護人簽字。
  • The press is a guardian of the public weal. 報刊是公共福利的衛護者。
2 tenants 05662236fc7e630999509804dd634b69     
n.房客( tenant的名詞復數 );佃戶;占用者;占有者
  • A number of tenants have been evicted for not paying the rent. 許多房客因不付房租被趕了出來。
  • Tenants are jointly and severally liable for payment of the rent. 租金由承租人共同且分別承擔。
3 pros pros     
abbr.prosecuting 起訴;prosecutor 起訴人;professionals 自由職業者;proscenium (舞臺)前部n.贊成的意見( pro的名詞復數 );贊成的理由;抵償物;交換物
  • The pros and cons cancel out. 正反兩種意見抵消。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • We should hear all the pros and cons of the matter before we make a decision. 我們在對這事做出決定之前,應該先聽取正反兩方面的意見。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
4 cons eec38a6d10735a91d1247a80b5e213a6     
n.欺騙,騙局( con的名詞復數 )v.詐騙,哄騙( con的第三人稱單數 )
  • The pros and cons cancel out. 正反兩種意見抵消。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • We should hear all the pros and cons of the matter before we make a decision. 我們在對這事做出決定之前,應該先聽取正反兩方面的意見。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
5 communal VbcyU     
  • There was a communal toilet on the landing for the four flats.在樓梯平臺上有一處公共衛生間供4套公寓使用。
  • The toilets and other communal facilities were in a shocking state.廁所及其他公共設施的狀況極其糟糕。
6 dealing NvjzWP     
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.該商店因買賣公道而享有極高的聲譽。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的誠實的行為獲得我們的信任。
7 reciprocate ZA5zG     
  • Although she did not reciprocate his feelings, she did not discourage him.盡管她沒有回應他的感情,她也沒有使他喪失信心。
  • Some day I will reciprocate your kindness to me.總有一天我會報答你對我的恩德。
8 pilfered 06647dc80ef832c8e64a82fd11a3bfcc     
v.偷竊(小東西),小偷( pilfer的過去式和過去分詞 );偷竊(一般指小偷小摸)
  • Oh, I remember. Lost, pilfered, short-shipped or something. 噢,我想起來了,是有關遺失、被盜、短缺之類的事。 來自商貿英語會話
  • The pilfered was let off with some good advice. 小偷經教育后釋放。 來自互聯網
9 outweigh gJlxO     
  • The merits of your plan outweigh the defects.你制定的計劃其優點勝過缺點。
  • One's merits outweigh one's short-comings.功大于過。
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