Last Updated on July 20, 2020 by Chrisantus Oden
Things to Consider Before Moving Off-Campus
Living on campus is excellent; you are close to all your classes, you can wake up five minutes before the start, which is where all your friends live. But you have already been at the university for some time, you are beginning to feel a little secluded in your dormitory, the novelty of a party that happens every night begins to tire you. Do you struggle to study while others listen to music with volume too loud in the rooms next door?
It seems that you want the freedom and abundance of amenities that will come with living off-campus. There are various factors to consider when planning to leave campus, especially if, like most other students, you are not a local in the city and do not want others to take advantage of you. Follow us as we give you tips on what to do.
Oh, lest we forget, are you just entering the university and you are dreaming about time to live alone off campus? This is a change that marks a whole new phase of life, leaving the parents’ wings and achieving independence. But do you know what the positive and negative sides of this new stage are?
Like we mentioned earlier, living alone outside the University has its advantages and disadvantages. In this post, we are going to touch on what it means to live alone and the factors you should consider before deciding to stay off-campus. Come on, let’s begin this journey.
What is it like to live alone?
Although it can be regarded as a great achievement to live alone, however, there are certain things that you should know about it.
The lack of privacy is one of the main complaints of those who still live with their parents or live in a dormitory full of students. When you live alone, you have all the privacy you need to receive friends and study, work, and enjoy your moments of rest.
Everything in its time
Have you ever thought about not having to reconcile your schedules with anyone else’s?
This is another of the great advantages of living alone. You do everything when you want, and you don’t have to worry about consulting anyone beforehand.
The house has your taste
Everything is in your hands from the choice of appliances and furniture to the small details of decoration. You will not need to put up with anyone giving the furniture layout, the colors of the walls, anything. That way, your singing will have everything to do with you.
While this is important for anyone to mature, having more responsibilities is often one of the most boring parts of living alone.
You are the one who needs to worry about cleaning, go to the supermarket, pay the house bills, and even remember not to leave the towel on the bed.
It costs more
The cost of living alone is always higher than living with other people. In the second case, you can divide the bills and purchase basic cleaning items, for example.
So, know that your independence and freedom come at a price. And it is not for nothing that this is usually one of the main disadvantages.
What you need to know before you leave home
Before leaving home for college or resumption of a new academic session and you have decided to live off-campus, there are certain things you should inculcate in order not to regret the decision of not staying on campus. Below we have listed five things you should learn before making the grand decision:
1. Learn to deal with responsibilities
As much as you have obligations in your parents’ house, such as washing the dishes, cleaning some rooms and taking out the garbage, the responsibility is not the same as for those who live alone.
This is because there is no one to share the obligations with, let alone avoid them. Otherwise, your home can be in chaos.
Therefore, you must be prepared to assume all responsibilities. In addition to everyday tasks, if something breaks or stops working, you are the one who needs to take action.
2. Do financial planning
You will need to pay the water, energy, internet bills, and all other expenses in addition to the rent. The point is that when you live alone, you cannot count the money.
Therefore, you must have a reservation and plan carefully how much you receive and what you need to pay. After all, nobody wants to take the risk of delaying rent and making debts, right?
3. Be patient during the adaptation period
Everyone needs to go through an adaptation process when a change happens in life. And starting to live alone is a hell of a change!
While some take longer, others take less to adapt to the new routine.
Here, the most important thing is to respect your own time. If you get nervous in the first few days, know that this is more than normal.
Over time, you start to get used to the new environment, homework, and space to dedicate yourself to your things.
4. Loneliness will hit once in a while
Of course, not all people feel alone, but be aware that it is worth preparing for solitude moments. And you don’t have to look at it as negative.
Especially if you lived in a dormitory full of people, you will miss having other people around.
When that happens, invite a friend over for dinner, watching a movie, or just hanging out. Gradually, loneliness is no longer a problem in your life.
5. Wait for the right time
At one time or another, you will feel that your parents’ house is too small or that you need a corner to call your own. However, care must be taken not to make a hasty decision.
Living alone is a big step, so you must wait for the right moment to make that change.
There is no point in wanting to hurry out of the house without having the money to pay for it, do you agree?
Also, finding a house or apartment takes time. Be patient to take each step at the right time, without letting anxiety take over you.