Moving out: a journey


Oliver Fierro, Reporter

Being a senior may seem like the best thing ever, but it isn’t all free periods and sluffing class to go buy coffee. This is the year that many of us turn 18 and have to start thinking about adult stuff, like what we want to be when we grow up, where we want to go to college, and how you’re going to afford that new car you really want. But one thing most people don’t think about is where they’re going to live after they graduate. You may think your parents are going to let you keep your nice room forever, but chances are they want you out as soon as possible so they can turn that room into a new storage space or a craft room you never thought they needed. Moving out can be very stressful, but there are some pretty helpful tips to remember when looking for your first place.

According to the Unpakt Blog, “Moving in with someone is (almost always) the more frugal choice. On an emotional level, it can relieve some of the anxiety of moving out for the first time, especially if that person is someone you already know.” When you move out it may feel like a scary thing at first. However, having a trusted friend move in with you can help you both. With two incomes, the rent can be split evenly as well as food costs and utilities. It can also be nice to have someone to come home to. But if you prefer to be on your own, starting out with a smaller space and fewer bills to worry about might be the better option.

But how do you decide where to move?

¨I moved out as soon as I turned 18. It probably wasn’t the best idea especially because I did it on my own.” Lat Jones, 25, said. ¨I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I just picked the first place I could afford and went with it.¨

The location of your new home is also a very important thing to consider when it comes to moving. Most people will tell you that you’ll want to find a place that is close to your place of work or school, your favorite gym, and plenty of places for entertainment. Crime rates in the area surrounding your new place are also something that should be looked into. A cheap rent might not always be the best deal. If possible, stay away from areas with frequent gang violence, robberies, and break-ins. If you do move into a dangerous area, make sure to take precautions to keep yourself safe.

Regardless of your situation, moving out should be something that benefits you in the end. Whether it be the chance to live with friends or have a whole place to yourself it should make you happy and not be too much stress. Pay attention to your bills and make sure to set aside enough for food, gas, and any other things that might be important to you. Happy hunting!