Living solo is the way to go
THE need for freedom and privacy prompted Brenton Dick out of shared accommodation and into living alone.
The bachelor is just one among a growing trend of men choosing to live alone, with the national total expected to reach more than 1.2 million by 2026.
“The best part about it is the freedom. I don’t have to answer to anyone,” Mr Dick said.
Having spent time living at university residential accommodation and in a share house, Mr Dick now enjoys the privacy and tidiness of his own flat.
Although it cost more to set up his own home, he has found a significant drop in the price of electricity bills since moving out alone.
“Sharing the rent makes things easier but then you have the problem of someone not having the money when the bills are due,” he said.
“Living alone has probably made me more accountable for my expenses.”
Mr Dick admits sharing a house has advantages but he does not miss arguments over whose turn it is to clean or on which shelf in the fridge he can put his food.
“Instead of being a shelf, I have the whole fridge!” he said.
The number of households in Australia is projected to increase by up to 4 million during the next 25 years, according to projections released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The number of Australians living alone is projected to have the most rapid increase of all household types, rising by up to 91 per cent to 3.6 million by 2031.
The aging population is one reason for the rapid increase.
Women are more likely to live alone in older age because of a longer life expectancy.