by Loren Howarth
Whether you’re moving out of home for some independence, or you’ve decided that on-campus accommodation isn’t for you, moving out of home is a big decision. You’ll have more responsibilities, plus your own bills to pay. But it’ll also be rewarding as you’ll gain independence and learn new skills along the way. Here are my top tips for moving out of home for the first time:
Learn to budget
Having an idea of how much you’ll need to spend each week will help you plan your budget. You’ll need to consider bills, food, petrol and equipment for uni. Put aside some spare change every week, so when your bills come they won’t seem so daunting.
Pick the right time to move out
If you’re looking to move out of home to study, now is a good time as people will be advertising for roommates around the start of session. If you can’t find anything online or in the local paper, have a look on the community noticeboard at the uni or check the off-campus accommodation register.
Choose a place where you feel comfortable
You know a place is right for you if you feel at home. If you’re inspecting a house and you have a bad feeling, chances are that property isn’t the one for you. Check out the neighbourhood as well or ask around to find out about the area’s reputation.
If you’re interested in sharing a home with someone you don’t really know, check to see whether they share similar interests. You’ll be kicking yourself if you find out three months into the lease that your roommate sleeps during the day and plays the drums late at night.
Learn some basic skills before you move out
Learn how to cook basic recipes, use a washing machine and even how to clean before you take the leap out of home. This way you’ll be able to feed yourself and have the place sparkling clean for when your parents visit.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Just because you’re living out-of-home, it doesn’t mean you have to be completely independent. Moving out is a big change and you might find you miss your family or your old home.. But they will always be there to lend a helping hand or guide you through any problems. So don’t forget to pick up the phone and give them a call when you need (they’re probably dying to hear from you anyway).