Now I’m working in the share house business.
I used to think “share house?
I’ve heard of them, but… But in the past,
I think I only thought of it as “I’ve heard of it, but…”.
I’ve compiled a list of my encounters with share houses, so please take a look!
It was five years ago, in 2015.
I went to Australia on a working holiday with the sole intention of learning English.
It was my first time to do anything like that.
For the first month, I lived in a homestay that I had arranged when I was in Japan.
The biggest shock for me was the pronunciation of English.
I had no idea how to pronounce British English,
and I remember having a very hard time.
How many times did I wonder, “Is this really English I’m hearing?
That’s when I started looking for a share house.
- The deadline and rent of my homestay
- To make friends.
- Because I had a problem with my host mother.
I think these are the three main reasons.
I had been doing a lot of research on the Internet before I came to Australia, and I had a vague idea that I would live in a share house after my homestay.
I thought I would live in a shared house after my homestay.
First of all, there was a one-month deadline for homestay.
I could have extended my stay,
but the rent was too high, so I looked for another place.
A private room cost $260 per week.
When I looked into shared houses,
I found that the cheapest ones were from $100/week.
So that’s a difference of about 40,000 to 50,000 yen per month.
It was a big difference for a poor student.
My homestay family had two kids that I played with every day!
Even when I came home tired from school,
they never let me rest. LOL!
They were very friendly and cute,
but I remember that I wanted to have local friends and friends who were also international students.
Since I was living in a homestay while attending a language school,
I heard a lot about share houses from friends I made at the language school.
It is also true that most of my friends were living in shared houses.
That’s why I decided to look for a share house.
After all, I had a problem with my host mother. haha
It was about the shower time.
She got mad at me for taking a shower in the morning before going to school.
She got mad at me in English,
but at the time I could hardly understand what she was saying. LOL!
→The showers and toilets were in the same place, so I couldn’t use the toilet while I was in the shower.
This is a common practice in Australia.
This made life quite cramped for me.
The other side didn’t seem to mind so much,
but for me, it was a big deal. LOL!
To be continued.