Does Someone Have to Live in a Pub?

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If you’re looking for a job in the UK, then working in a pub can be a great idea for a whole range of reasons. However, if you have the opportunity to do so, then you’ll probably have many questions. One of these is likely to be whether or not you have to live there.

We’ll answer that key question while also looking at the pros and cons of working at a pub, and whether or not it’s right for you. Let’s get started!

Do You Have to Live in a Pub If You Work There?

Final Thoughts

Working in a pub can be a great idea and while accommodation is often provided, you don’t have to live in a pub if you work there. That being said, living in a pub comes with a wide range of benefits so it can be the perfect solution for those on a working holiday.

At UK Pub Co. we offer a wide variety of hospitality venue options and we find having accommodation is a great bonus. Visit our programs for more information on the type of hospitality jobs we offer. 

No, not at all. Most people who work in pubs in the UK live in their own homes. However, for those looking for cheap and easy accommodation, living in a pub can be a great way to save money and enjoy an active social life.

Depending on the type of pub, there can be a lot of staff members such as bartenders, cleaning staff, and kitchen workers. Not all of them can live there, but it’s common for many pubs to offer accommodation. 

While British people generally live away from the pub, foreign workers can often take advantage of having their accommodation and work sorted without any stress. Whether you live in a pub or not is your call, but here we’ll explore why it may be a good idea.

Why Get a Pub Job?

For those hoping for a working holiday in the UK, there aren’t many better options than working in a pub. Let’s check out the benefits. 

It’s Fun – Many people who go on a working holiday end up in jobs which can be a bit of a chore. Pub work is the complete opposite. You’ll get to listen to great music, chat with locals, and generally have a great time, all while getting paid. 

Great for Exploring – Your shift times are likely to vary but night work is common. If you do have a night shift, this allows you to explore during the day and visit all the local attractions in your area. This is, of course, in addition to your days off. 

Chance to Learn the Culture – Working in a pub can give you a great insight into the history of the UK. You may well be working in a very old pub, and you’ll be speaking to new people on a daily basis. Along with this, you’re likely to get some great tips from the locals when it comes to sightseeing. 

Pros and Cons of Living in a Pub

So, do you think that working in a pub could be a great idea? Now you may have the choice to live there or not. It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons first. 

Cheaper Accommodation – Living in a pub is going to be far cheaper than living somewhere off site and commuting in. With the renting crisis in the UK, this makes a lot of sense. You’re likely to have at least half of the outgoings than if you rented separately, especially as the likes of energy costs are usually included in your rent. 

Pub discounts – Not only is living cheaper, but eating could be too! If you work in a pub that serves food, then you’ll most likely get a discount. Not only can this cut down on your costs, but you’ll get an insight into British food culture. 

Meet New People – When working abroad, you’ll want to meet new people and make connections. There is no better place to do it than in a pub where strangers happily talk to each other. It’s the perfect way to socialize. 

No Commuting – In some of the biggest cities in the UK, traffic can be a real problem. Not needing to commute will not only save you time, but it can take away a lot of stress. It makes your life easier and will save you even more money. 

Hard To Switch Off – A downside is that it can be hard to switch off. Even on your days off, you’ll be sleeping where you work, and some people don’t like that idea. But if you’re out and about each day, it’s not much of a problem. 

The Noise – The other and most significant downside is the noise. But many find this to be less of an issue than they feared. Many rooms are well insulated from the noise and half of the time you’ll be working anyway. Even if it is noisy, you soon get used to it.

Final Thoughts

Working in a pub can be a great idea and while accommodation is often provided, you don’t have to live in a pub if you work there. That being said, living in a pub comes with a wide range of benefits so it can be the perfect solution for those on a working holiday.

At UK Pub Co. we offer a wide variety of hospitality venue options and we find having accommodation is a great bonus. Visit our programs for more information on the type of hospitality jobs we offer. 

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