I ended up having to share my house. Luckily I could rent out a 3 bedder with a huge downstairs out to my friends business. It's still my house, he comes round every now and again so I don't look like a target (unfortunately sometimes single mums do ).
The rent is the same for this as I paid for a one bedroom flat, and now I have space and even a backyard, and front yard (although that is SOOOOOOOOO over rated! Mowing and weeding with a toddler SUX)