Housing Options

We offer shared housing and sole occupancy housing options.

Shared housing means tenants rent a bedroom in a property and share the communal spaces (like the lounge, kitchen and bathroom) and facilities with the other tenants in the property.

Sole occupancy means tenants rent a self-contained property for their own use and they do not share any of the rooms or facilities with anyone else. This option is suitable for people that would like to live alone or for couples that would like to live together.

Deciding which housing option is best for you

It can be difficult to decide which option is better for you. Think about things like:

  • Do you want to live with other people or do you want to live alone?
  • Are you happy to share the rooms and facilities in your home with other people?
  • Can you afford to pay all of the bills on your own home or would it better to split the cost of things like the telephone bill with others so it is cheaper?

Both options have good points and bad points. When you are making your choice you will need to think about the things that are important to you.

Shared Housing

Living Alone

Good Points
  • You can build friendships and learn how to respect other people and share
  • You will have more people around to chat to and you may share hobbies and interests
  • You can learn responsibilities like keeping your home neat and tidy
  • Tenants can support each other if there is a problem or an emergency
  • Tenants split the cost of the household bills
  • You can spend time on your own in your own home
  • You can keep your home the way you like it with no need to worry about other people moving things
  • It will be peaceful and quiet with no disagreements about what music to listen to or what to watch on the TV in the lounge
  • You will be able to make your own decisions about your home

Bad Points
  • Other tenants may move things around in your home and you may find it harder to keep things the way you want them
  • They may not keep the shared areas of the home clean and tidy
  • There may be disagreements about what music to listen to or what to watch on TV
  • You will have to share the kitchen and bathroom facilities so you may have to wait to use them if someone else is using them
  • You may get bored or lonely on your own
  • You may not have other people to chat to
  • You may have to deal with problems or emergencies on your own
  • You will have to pay for all of the household bills on your own

Often, people that are moving out of home for the first time or people who are leaving care move into shared housing first. They work on their living skills and get used to the responsibilities of living independently. Then later on after living in shared housing for a while people move on to living alone.