My partner is due to turn 38 in a couple of weeks, he still lives with his mum. He moved out when he went to university in Oxford however he has lived with his mum for the past 5ish years since he got back. He hasn't had a serious relationship in years but has been 'seeing people'.
We were friends for a few years before dating and we became official a few months ago, he often comes to visit me at my parents however never sleeps over. When we spend the night together it's at his mums.
I've been considering moving in with my friend as I feel like I could take that step now, at 23. I don't think we are ready as a couple to live together as he needs a lot more space than I do and I don't think it would be healthy to live together so soon. I am concerned that his mum will cook him dinner most nights, she does his washing and sometimes she even tidies his room!!
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One side of it: Both the job and housing markets are fucked. His parents' generation had great benefits in the form of a booming economy and cheap housing, and have now inflated the price of housing of the reach of their children. Well paid permanent jobs are hard to find, rents and mortgages can be astronomical unless you're willing to endure a long commute, and being single means HUGE bills you have to handle all yourself - rent, utilities, food, clothing, it's all on you. Living with your parents can mean that money is saved towards eventually getting your own place.
Flip side: His mother cooks and cleans for him! He's either lazy, has no pride, or doesn't know how.0