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I pay £395 a month to live in an underground doomsday bunker 

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Caitlin is living underground in a bunker for a year. (Picture: Mediadrumimages/@CaitlinJ)

A woman has shared a look at her unique living situation, showing people around the underground bunker she’s moved into.

Caitlin Johnson has been living in the doomsday shelter in her friend’s back garden for about a month, and plans to stay in the one-bedroom space for a year.

During this time, she’ll be saving the rest of her money in order to buy a house of her own (above ground).

The 42-year-old from Southern California is paying her friend £395 a month for rent, but the utilities are free due to everything being solar powered and a well providing water. 

Originally built in 2012, the bunker is just over 1,100 square feet and contains 18 extra bunks in case others need to stay in an emergency.

The space is 1,100 square feet and has one bedroom.(Picture: Mediadrumimages/ @CaitlinJ)

Caitlin has been documenting her experience of living underground on TikTok, where many people have expressed concern over her accommodation. 

Some are worried she might get stuck down there, with others saying they couldn’t live without natural light, as there are no windows.

One commenter warned ‘watch your health’, while others confessed that they wouldn’t be able to do something similar as their ‘fear of getting locked in there would never let that happen.’

But Caitlin insists there are many perks to living in the bunker, aside from the safety aspect. The biggest is the price of rent, as she claims it would likely cost more a month if she wasn’t renting from a friend.

The quality of her sleep has also massively improved since moving there, due to the lack of city sounds at night.

‘You can get really good-quality sleep,’ she says. ‘I’m so used to living in cities, that when I’m down there, your mind isn’t buzzing.

‘You can focus, I’ve got so much work done down there, just because there’s no outside distractions.’

Caitlin says her quality of sleep has improved. (Picture: Mediadrumimages/ @CaitlinJ)

And the lack of windows isn’t proving an issue either, as Caitlin has found a solution for that.

‘I’ve bought a daytime lamp which mimics the sunrise and sunset every day. I can set it so that it feels like the sun is kind of waking me up.

‘The first like three nights, I slept for like 12 hours. It’s so quiet, and you’re just knocked out. And so I’m like, ok, I can’t do this. I have a job, you know?.’

While many people say the bunker is ‘scary’, Caitlin finds the prospect of staying down there for a year exciting, comparing it to the experience of going on a reality show such as Naked and Afraid, where people challenge themselves to live out in the wilderness for weeks.

‘Some people go on ‘Naked and Afraid,’ said Caitlin. ‘I guess living in a bunker is sort of my Naked and Afraid.

‘I figured it’d be a really fun adventure for a year. Just to know that I could do that.’

She pays £395 a month to live underground. (Picture: Mediadrumimages/ @CaitlinJ)

Caitin also isn’t too worried about what she would do if she was hurt or incapacitated while in her underground home and couldn’t call for help.

She adds: ‘You know, it would be the same thing if I was an old person in an apartment.

‘If I had a heart attack, I’d have to call or have an emergency button.

‘My friend and I check up on each other a lot.

‘Although this hatch is too heavy to push open, if the hydraulics ever failed, there’s a hand pump to open the door. Plus there’s a second hatch accessible from the other side of the bunker.’

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