So guys, it’s officially been a year now since i moved over to London with Naomi and Natalie by my side (For those of you who may not know these are the girls i live with) We found the perfect size place for the three of us just along the central line and after a year of living here i thought i’d give you an update on why living with your best friends is the best!
So how long have you known each other for?
I have known both Naomi and Natalie now since the first year i started performing Arts school in 2012. When we were little freshers i actually lived in the room opposite Nat and ever since the first day, we were set to be friends for life. She pee’d in a bush the first night i met her and i thought…ahhhh thats the kind of friend i choose 😂 Naomi actually lived in the building opposite our court but was in basically every single one of my classes whilst studying and after freshers year was over for 2nd and 3rd year i lived with Naomi in our first ever ‘grown up’ house. Looking back now, it was not entirely grown up and that was partially influenced by the amount of alcohol we had spilt on the carpets having always been nominated the hosts of pre-drinks.
(AH, look at us infants)
So why make the move?
We all decided to move over to London after Naomi was offered a wonderful job working over here. This was actually motivation for all of us! We were all living in Guernsey (google it) at the time and each had personal reasons and certain aspects of England pulling us back to the wonderful city of London.
So how did the move go?
Once we arrived in England i was excited to show the girls the place, i had been in charge of finding a house and my it was a difficult challenge. I remember it came down to me literally sitting on the tube, going down the central line and getting off at every stop, finding estate agents and asking what they had available within the next two weeks. Luckily after around 3weeks of hunting we were moved into our little pad.We were excited about our first trips to ikea and how we could fill our little home. The move on a whole went pretty smooth, i mean, i’d like to request that TFL find some way of getting lifts into more stations, especially like Victoria. Lugging 5 suitcases up and down each station was less than fun. That being said Naomi and i found a way to make it humorous and instead of getting angry at the situation / each other would just yell ‘Whats the plan Phil’ like Claire of Modern Family when ever we were getting stressed and then started the 2 minute break.
How is it different from living together in ‘University’ ?
I think the main difference from living together during University to living together now, is that we are growing up. Now, this may sound odd to you as you are probably thinking, well shouldn’t you have been growing up at Uni? but lets face it, if youre anything like me, you couldn’t exactly find time to officially grow up whilst juggling pub golf, spending hours learning scripts, writing essays, eating at Wetherspoons, worrying about when student loan were finally going to drop the money into your account and actually just trying to cook. Also i find it was hard to truly grow up during university whilst you are still being told exactly what to do, whereas now, now that we are completely alone. I feel like i am becoming more comfortable as a person and that in turn is helping me grow. I can see the change in myself, i am living how i want to live, socialising with who i want, spending my free time dong hobbies and such rather than just ordering Pappa Johns and generally feeling more mature knowing this is my home, my life and i choose my living.
(Brunch with wine becomes a regular thing)
Also, the biggest change living from university to now is our beautiful little kitten Theo.
How are the holidays different living with friends?
The holidays living with friends are the best. Last xmas was our first together as a trio and we loved nothing more than picking out our first xmas tree all together. I am a huge believer that xmas is a time to be with family, but also it was so lovely to grab duvets, and eat dinner by our little xmas tree. I think this felt nice as again in university years we obviously didn’t invest in a tree we would then just leave to fall apart as we went home for the break. This however made the house feel festive and joyful throughout December.
(Our first xmas tree, it was adorable)
What are the positives of living in London so far?
In comparison to where i have lived before, London just has a lot more to offer! Being in your twenties and in the big smoke, is perfect! Surrounded by coffee shops, cocktails bars, restaurants, clubs, comedy, theatre and shopping i couldn’t ask for more. Also i am inspired by people i see on the streets, the architecture that surrounds me and the speed of London. I do wish there was a beach near by, but i won’t dwell too much on that.
(Forever discovering new places with friends)
Are there any negative times living with your best friends?
As of today we haven’t actually had any problems living together! I think the odd occasion we have had arguments about the washing up but thats to be expected isn’t it.
Can you share some of the positives about living with your best friends?
I truly do believe friends are the family you choose. I adore both of these girls and thats why living with them is so great. If i want to sing at the top of my lungs, they wont judge when i hit that bum note. If i want to sleep all day and party all night, again no judgement and i’m pretty sure they would be the first to join me on my quest. The positives of living with your best friends are endless, who else would you want to live with, than the people you click with, the people who love you, the people that make you happy! It just makes sense!
(Perhaps the most accurate representation of our friendship)