Dec 19, 2022 06:34 AM EST
Tips for Living on Your Own in College
Going to college can be challenging, especially since you will be living on your own for the first time. The transition can be rough, but implementing a few tips on independent living can help smooth things out. These things can help you be comfortable in your new home, whether you are going to a dorm or an off-campus housing establishment.
Create Your Budget
One of the biggest challenges for any college students is managing their money. If you are living off-campus, you will need to know how to budget for different expenses, like utilities, rent, and food. You will also need to factor in any other consumable items, like cleaning supplies or toilet paper. Check on whether or not your new home will be furnished, as getting furniture could be an additional cost.
Create a budget to help with these expenses. You may not know exactly what you will want to budget for, so take some time to track all your expenses. Doing so will help you figure out if you have a realistic budget or not. Don't forget about school-related expenses, such as tuition or books. You can take out a student loan to help cover some of these school expenses. If you're thinking about getting one, you can find personalized rates in an online marketplace. That way, you can compare rates to find a product that works for you and your budget going forward.
Organize Your Space
Knowing how to organize your space is often challenging, especially since you will likely have limited space. Instead of feeling like everything has to be organized perfectly when you move in, be flexible in your organization. You might feel like you know exactly where you would like your clothing and shoes. However, when it comes to getting ready early in the morning, you may find you need the items within easier access. You don't have to be stuck with the layout you chose to begin with. Just make sure to clear any changes to the organization of shared items with your roommates or housemates.
Figure Out Shared Expenses
Depending on your accommodations, you may have various shared expenses with roommates or housemates. These could include decorating your dorm room, utilities, or rent. Plan out these split expenses ahead of time so everyone has realistic expectations. You will likely end up splitting expenses evenly, but this could depend on the situation. If one roommate takes on more responsibility, spends more time in the home, or has a larger room to themselves, they may end up paying more. Just make sure you get everything in writing to avoid confusion later.
Split Up the Chores
There are many pros and cons of living with roommates but one pro is that many hands make light work in terms of chores. In most cases, you will want to make sure household chores, such as cleaning, are split evenly. Arguments can arise from disagreements over chores, so have everything planned out ahead of time. Everyone should clean up after themselves, and you may also want to assign things like taking out the trash, doing the dishes, and vacuuming. Specify how often these things should be done.
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