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Moving Out for the First Time? Here's How to Crush It (and Keep Your Sanity)

May 30, 2023

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Maurine Njunge

So, you're finally stepping out of the nest and getting your own digs. High fives all around! πŸ™Œ But let's be real, adulting is a mixed bag. Missing out on family Netflix is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are five hurdles you might trip over when you're living solo (or with roommates), and how to leap over them like an adulting pro.

1. Financial Contraints πŸ’Έ

The Solution: Okay, it's time to become BFFs with spreadsheets. Map out all your expenses, from rent and ramen to Spotify and social life. Strapped for cash? Think about a part-time gig or hit up the financial aid office. And hey, roomies aren't just for late-night chats; they can split the bills too.

2. Finding The Perfect Pad 🏠

The Solution: Don't wait until the 11th hour to find your dream home. Aim to start at least a month ahead. Tap into every resource you've gotβ€”online listings, college housing boards, and even that friend-of-a-friend who just moved. Prioritize what matters most: location, rent, safety, and maybe even a walkable distance to the nearest coffee shop.

πŸ‘‰ Match me with a roommate

3. The Chore War 🧹

The Solution: If you've got roommates, hash out a chore chart asap. No one wants to be the designated toilet cleaner every week. Use apps or a shared Google Calendar to keep everyone honest. Communication is your best friend here.

4. The Study-Life Balance πŸ“š

The Solution: Mastering time management is basically the college version of Jedi training. Draft a study schedule, slot in downtime, and stick to it. If you're struggling, there's no shame in seeking help. Your college likely has tons of resources to help you stay on track.

5. The Feels 😒

The Solution: Homesickness is the uninvited guest that crashes the party. Keep your fam and friends just a call or text away. But also, make your new place a home by diving into campus life. If the going gets really tough, most schools have counselors. Use them.

Remember, everyone's college journey is their own unique brand of crazy, so feel free to remix these tips to fit your vibe.

πŸ‘‰ Click me if you're ready to find a place off-campus

So, you're finally stepping out of the nest and getting your own digs. High fives all around! πŸ™Œ But let's be real, adulting is a mixed bag. Missing out on family Netflix is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are five hurdles you might trip over when you're living solo (or with roommates), and how to leap over them like an adulting pro.

1. Financial Contraints πŸ’Έ

The Solution: Okay, it's time to become BFFs with spreadsheets. Map out all your expenses, from rent and ramen to Spotify and social life. Strapped for cash? Think about a part-time gig or hit up the financial aid office. And hey, roomies aren't just for late-night chats; they can split the bills too.

2. Finding The Perfect Pad 🏠

The Solution: Don't wait until the 11th hour to find your dream home. Aim to start at least a month ahead. Tap into every resource you've gotβ€”online listings, college housing boards, and even that friend-of-a-friend who just moved. Prioritize what matters most: location, rent, safety, and maybe even a walkable distance to the nearest coffee shop.

πŸ‘‰ Match me with a roommate

3. The Chore War 🧹

The Solution: If you've got roommates, hash out a chore chart asap. No one wants to be the designated toilet cleaner every week. Use apps or a shared Google Calendar to keep everyone honest. Communication is your best friend here.

4. The Study-Life Balance πŸ“š

The Solution: Mastering time management is basically the college version of Jedi training. Draft a study schedule, slot in downtime, and stick to it. If you're struggling, there's no shame in seeking help. Your college likely has tons of resources to help you stay on track.

5. The Feels 😒

The Solution: Homesickness is the uninvited guest that crashes the party. Keep your fam and friends just a call or text away. But also, make your new place a home by diving into campus life. If the going gets really tough, most schools have counselors. Use them.

Remember, everyone's college journey is their own unique brand of crazy, so feel free to remix these tips to fit your vibe.

πŸ‘‰ Click me if you're ready to find a place off-campus

So, you're finally stepping out of the nest and getting your own digs. High fives all around! πŸ™Œ But let's be real, adulting is a mixed bag. Missing out on family Netflix is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are five hurdles you might trip over when you're living solo (or with roommates), and how to leap over them like an adulting pro.

1. Financial Contraints πŸ’Έ

The Solution: Okay, it's time to become BFFs with spreadsheets. Map out all your expenses, from rent and ramen to Spotify and social life. Strapped for cash? Think about a part-time gig or hit up the financial aid office. And hey, roomies aren't just for late-night chats; they can split the bills too.

2. Finding The Perfect Pad 🏠

The Solution: Don't wait until the 11th hour to find your dream home. Aim to start at least a month ahead. Tap into every resource you've gotβ€”online listings, college housing boards, and even that friend-of-a-friend who just moved. Prioritize what matters most: location, rent, safety, and maybe even a walkable distance to the nearest coffee shop.

πŸ‘‰ Match me with a roommate

3. The Chore War 🧹

The Solution: If you've got roommates, hash out a chore chart asap. No one wants to be the designated toilet cleaner every week. Use apps or a shared Google Calendar to keep everyone honest. Communication is your best friend here.

4. The Study-Life Balance πŸ“š

The Solution: Mastering time management is basically the college version of Jedi training. Draft a study schedule, slot in downtime, and stick to it. If you're struggling, there's no shame in seeking help. Your college likely has tons of resources to help you stay on track.

5. The Feels 😒

The Solution: Homesickness is the uninvited guest that crashes the party. Keep your fam and friends just a call or text away. But also, make your new place a home by diving into campus life. If the going gets really tough, most schools have counselors. Use them.

Remember, everyone's college journey is their own unique brand of crazy, so feel free to remix these tips to fit your vibe.

πŸ‘‰ Click me if you're ready to find a place off-campus