What it’s like living in a studio flat

Deciding to live alone is a big step and there are lots of things to consider. What will it be like? Will you get lonely? Will you ever meet new people? Here are some of my experiences and things to consider about living in a studio flat.

No mess…kind of

It’s great not having to worry about other people making a mess, or trying to do your washing up without disturbing other people’s piles of dirty dishes.

But at the same time, if there is a mess, it’s your problem. No one is going to come and clean the bathroom or hoover the carpet for you. Furthermore, since your living space is also your bedroom and your kitchen, it’s super important to keep everything tidy.

You can do whatever, whenever

It is amazingly freeing to be able to cook dinner at 2 am or have a shower at 4 am if that is what you want. You don’t have to worry about waking anyone up or getting in the way.

If you tend to keep to an unusual schedule (like me) it can be great to be able to fully embrace it. Although it might not help you make it to your 9ams!


It’s not as quiet as you think


I lived in a studio in Brayford Quay and all things considered, it wasn’t much quieter than a standard flat. The walls aren’t any thicker and you aren’t really that separate from everyone else.

So, if you think you’ll never be woken up early or kept up late ever again, think again! Being on the ground floor didn’t help though, so consider that if you get the chance to choose.

It’s not that lonely

Personally, I didn’t really feel lonely during my time in a studio! I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re in your first year, as it can really help to be forced in with some people to make friends.

But I was in a studio for third year and it was great for me, I could go out and see people when I wanted to, but I had somewhere to go and crank out my dissertation without anyone bothering me.

Being in student accommodation really enabled me to feel part of a little community despite living ‘alone’. Brayford Quay had lots of events and a great common room, so it always felt like there was something going on.


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Comments (5)

  1. Hiya Alistair, I’m going into a studio in Brayford Quay next year (also for my third year) and I’m wondering if the studios are scattered around the site or are they all in one block? I see a few on the ground floor but don’t really know where the others are. Also do you get a small freezer in the fridge and how was living with a microwave oven?

    • Hi Jack!

      Thanks for your comment! It would be best to reach out to them directly, you can contact them on their website here or by calling 01522 246460.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Jack! A lot of the studios are on the ground floor and you can enter straight from the outside, but there are more inside one of the blocks (the one with the gym) too. There may well be more locations for studios, but I haven’t seen them!

    You do absolutely get a small freezer space in the top of your fridge, and you can actually fit a decent amount in there! Not too dissimilar from having a freezer drawer in a shared house.

    The microwave oven was better than I thought it would be. The oven function works well and you can fit most things in it. Circular baking trays can be hard to find however, I had to go to Amazon!

    If you get a chance, drop by the office and have a chat with Lesley or Carys about it. If you haven’t met them, they’re the nicest people in the world! They might be able to organise a look around one if you haven’t had a chance yet.

    • Just seen this now, thanks for the descriptive reply. Just one more question, did you live on the ground floor studio flats (as in flats which you enter from the outside rather than a corridor)? Just wondering how the layout is as I’m concerned about noise, I’m hoping the bedroom is in the back of the flat?

      I should really just bother going for a viewing but I don’t want to inconvenience the person living there.


      • Hi Jack! No problem. I did live on one of the ground floor flats that was accessed from outside. I believe they’re all laid out slightly different, but the bed in mine was towards the front of the flat (near to the door). Noise wasn’t as bad as you might expect, although I was unlucky to be located near to Chimichanga/Harvester and heard them taking their rubbish out each morning!

        It never bothered me having viewings etc, in fact just before I moved out the person living there next year came to knock on my door and have a look! If it would help you I’m sure people would be willing to show you around.