According to a study put out by ourworldindata.org, the number of American adults living alone has nearly doubled in the last 50 years. That said, living alone comes with one downside: loneliness. For many adults, it can be hard to socialize and make friends, especially when you are often so busy with work and other obligations. If you are moving to a new area, finding like-minded people to spend time with can be especially tricky.
Fortunately, you may be able to combat this problem simply by choosing the right living arrangement–in this case, an apartment complex. Whether you are living alone or with a roommate or two, opting for an apartment complex can come with a lot of social benefits. Apartment complexes are increasingly aware of community engagement and always looking for ways for the complex to get to know each other. Making friends in your own apartment complex allows you the opportunity to get to know a dynamic group of people; plus, the commute to hang out could be a few steps down the hallway.
What are some other added social benefits of choosing an apartment complex as your choice of habitation? Here are a few:
While a suburb or village can certainly offer a sense of community, living in an apartment complex offers physical proximity to others. Living only a few doors down from a good friend makes creating plans so much easier. You can borrow favorite movies from each other with ease, ask them to pet-sit your cat, or even just drop by after a long day at work.
Physical closeness to one another creates a bond that the typical suburban neighborhood may lack, which helps foster meaningful long-term relationships. Not to mention, it is much easier to host social gatherings for your building mates when you do not have to carpool or give complicated directions to your place.
Many modern apartments offer top-notch communal spaces, perhaps most notably gym areas. These communal spaces allow residents to meet up and socialize in a comfortable public setting. Sometimes, apartment gyms even offer special exercise programs; that way, like-minded individuals who frequently work out are given opportunities to plan classes or work-outs together.
Common spaces can also include patios, rooftops, or courtyards, and sometimes even come equipped with appliances like grills. This is a great way to get a few friends together in your compex and enjoy a rooftop drink or burger. These areas are open to anyone living in your space and are often closely secured, to ensure that the tenants are able to fully enjoy the area.
You’ll often find apartment complexes near popular city attractions like shopping malls, restaurants and movie theaters. Property owners go to great lengths to talk up these nearby establishments to attract more renters. Once you get to know some of your neighbors, you can explore your neighborhood and see what your city has to offer socially beyond your apartment building. You can plan get-togethers with building mates and explore the many popular attractions that are just a walking distance from your place. Who knows? You might even discover a new favorite place to eat or grab a coffee along the way!
Bottomline: Your Social Life May Be Closer Than You Think
Sure, houses may provide more space, but that extra space may not mean much if you don’t have anyone to share it with. Opting to live in an apartment in the village ensures that you will form bonds that last a lifetime!