Adam lives alone in a one-bedroom flat in Shrewsbury (Picture: Adam England)
Each week we take a nose around someone’s rented property, chat with them about their experiences in renting, and see how they’ve made their flat or house a home.
Today we’re looking inside the home of Adam, 21.
Adam is a freelance journalist and copywriter, who grew up in Telford, went to university in Southampton, and after spending a few months living back home with his parents, now lives alone in a flat in Shrewsbury.
Hi, Adam! How much do you pay to live here?
Rent is £450 per month. Electricity works out around £50 per month, council tax is £130 per month, and then there’s WiFi, phone, Netflix etc.
And what do you get for what you pay?
There’s a small hallway in which there’s only really room for my WiFi box and a couple of pairs of trainers, and then a main area that incorporates the kitchen, lounge and a makeshift office in an open-plan fashion. It’s where I spend the majority of my time, whether working, watching Netflix, or making food.
I’ve then got my bedroom, which I try to keep as somewhere that’s purely for sleep, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. It’s small, but there’s definitely enough space for one person. My bedroom isn’t huge, but as I only have a single bed it doesn’t feel too suffocating.
It would be nice to have a balcony or outdoor area in an ideal world, but other than that, there’s nothing that I miss.
He pays £450 a month (Picture: Adam England)
Do you feel like you have a good deal?
It’s definitely reasonable. Taking the location, condition of the property and facilities into account, I can’t really have any complaints.
Do you like the area?
My flat is right in the centre of Shrewsbury, so there are numerous shops and amenities on my doorstep.
Despite this, it’s still quiet and safe – even on weekends – and I’ve got the river and plenty of green space just a short walk away.
The train station is just five minutes down the road too, which is handy – even if I’m rarely travelling at the moment for obvious reasons!
Working from home, it’s good to be in the middle of everything. I can go for a short walk into town or by the river to break up the day, and whether I need bread and milk, or feel like getting a coffee or a meal deal, I can be back home in ten minutes.
Having spent the last three years living in student accommodation, it feels remarkably quiet here. Although I miss living with friends and the vibe of a uni city, it’s easy to focus on work here, which definitely suits me.
After spending years in university halls of residence, Adam loves having his own space (Picture: Adam England)
How did you find the flat?
I was looking at flats in the area online – this was actually the first I found that fit my budget and needs, and although I considered other properties this was the one I had my heart set on.
How have you made the property feel like home?
I’ve added a few personal touches where possible. I decorate with a few plants, and have a couple of prints up to make the place feel more like my own.
I like to keep everything fairly minimalist, as I find I get stressed when there’s too much going on, but there’s just enough to make it feel like home.
Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting?
I haven’t done an awful lot on this front – I think if I had plans to stay longer-term I would, but as I’m only here for a year I’ve stuck to putting up plants, and I’ve got a great Frida Kahlo print from a stall in the local market.
I’ve took down a couple of the prints that were already here and temporarily replaced them, but that’s it.
Adam hasn’t done much in the way of decorating, beyond hanging up some prints (Picture: Adam England)
Do you feel like you have enough space?
In normal times, yes. It gets a little suffocating during periods of lockdown, because I enjoy working remotely from coffee shops and killing time looking around town, but there’s definitely enough space for me on my own.
Before moving here, I was living back with my parents, in the smallest room of the house, and of course at university I didn’t always have a lot of space, so having an entire flat to myself feels like an absolute luxury. If you’ve lived in halls with nine other people, even just having your own fridge is something to savour.
Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?
Honestly, I have no complaints. When I first moved in, the shower door needed repairing, but it was dealt with promptly and the flat is in great condition.
Do you have plans to move again any time soon?
I’m intending to move to Cardiff in September as I’ve applied to do a postgraduate degree.
My time in this property was always intended to be a stopgap – a gap year of sorts – but I’d be more than happy to stay here if I didn’t have plans for further education.
After Cardiff, I’d ideally move to a city like Bristol or Brighton, but I’d also like to live abroad at some stage.
Do you want to own a place some day or are you happy to rent?
At the moment renting suits me – I’m not looking to stay anywhere long-term, so I like the flexibility.
If I were to settle down somewhere in a few years’ time, owning a property would probably be ideal, but for the moment I’m content to rent.
Shall we take a look around?
We enter into the hallway (Picture: Adam England)
The living room (Picture: Adam England)
This space also serves as Adam’s WFH office (Picture: Adam England)
Here’s the kitchen (Picture: Adam England)
There are plenty of plants (Picture: Adam England)
And a coffee machine for one (Picture: Adam England)
The bedroom isn’t huge, but it’s just right for Adam (Picture: Adam England)
Adam plans to live here for a year (Picture: Adam England)
And finally, the bathroom (Picture: Adam England)
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