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utopya in Netherlands is doing 21 things including…

have my own place

2 cheers


utopya has written 10 entries about this goal

I counted...

Since summer 2007 I have replied to over 160 ads for a room. And still no luck. How depressing can it be?

Over two years it has been now,

...since I really had my own place. With my own things. And with my own rules. Two years now I’m looking for a new place and still no luck.

I just don’t know what to do anymore. This is too depressing a state to be in.

Again two interviews for a place in studentflats

Will this be my week?

(update: again no luck)

A bit depressed...

I’m feeling a bit depressed about my living situation. It’s not at all bad living at my mum again, but I so badly want to move back to the town I used to live when I still lived on my own.

But it seems I’m just not a very welcome roommate :s we have this system that you go for an interview with the potential roommates, and they just never pick me! :( I don’t no why, I really am a quite normal person. I can be a bit shy, but I have learned by now to show enthusiasm and interest in these situations. And I have normal hobbies, I don’t look awful (I hope) and I’m quite likable, as far as I know.
And all these rejections are now a bit too much. I know I have to be patient, but I really hate not being able to live on my own at 23, just because people won’t let me rent a room or what! :(

Any tips that might help make myself more ‘appealing’ as a roommate? :)

Well, at least a positive improvement's coming up

The house hunting is still a disaster, but as I really need a private working space, my mum and I decided to make some chances in the house soon. So I’ll move from my very small room with only a bedroom, to a larger one, which is now the study. I’ll install my own table, and the desk that is now in the study will move to the small room. So maybe not the ideal solution of finding a wonderful place of my own, but at least a bit more personal space :)


I’m going to ask a guy I now from college about this project he participated in – he lived in an empty building to keep it ‘save’ from people moving in illegaly. The rent is supposed to be low, and the room to live in large, so I think it could be a option to find something on short term. The problem is, though, that I’ll go abroad for about three months to do research for my final thesis, so I think it might be smart to stay here at my mothers till then, and try to get a place like that for when I get back. As I’m hoping to move abroad again for app. a year in October, it could be a great way to have something between my research time and the time I’ll leave again (Am I still making sense ;)?) Anyhow, I hope 2009 will bring me a new place to live, one way or another. I miss being on my own…

Still no luck :(

It wasn’t such a great room afterall, so I don’t mind theu didn’t choose me. The queste continues…


Tomorrow I have an interview for a room, I so badly want this to be the one!


Why do I want to live exactly in those cities where there is a huge shortage in livingspaces? It is sooo frustrating. I’m a nice person, I really deserve a nice place to live, but instead I’m stuck at my mum’s at the other side of the country, most of my things stored at the attick of my sister’s house and in my mum’s house the pile of books, clothes and paper/notebooks/college stuff getting higher and higher.

I WANT MY OWN PLACE! I NEED IT! I want to get organised and just have a place to call my own home again :(


Last week I moved in a temporary home. An acquaintance was going to the States for four months, and I was going to live in her house till December. But, of course, after one week she came back (suffering from panic attacks), demanding her house back. So next Monday I have to move out – I don’t have a contract, as it was a deal between friends – and I’m on the street yet again. Well not literally, but back at my mums house, 2 hours away from University (and in the Netherlands, that is a really long distance).

It sucks, it really sucks. I have such bad luck that I start to wonder what’s wrong with my karma. Or something. I’m looking for a place now for over a year, how hard can it be!!


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