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“I definitely had to weigh up the pros and cons of moving out. Financially, living at home is sometimes the best decision, but also taking into account your wellbeing and your independence is important."

- Alani

Thinking about moving out 

Moving out can be a pretty huge event for a lot of young people. Make sure you’ve thought about your options and are mentally prepared to make this change. Keep the following points in mind as you consider the decision. 

Getting everything sorted ahead of time will make the whole process smoother and help you avoid any last-minute worries.

Where to live

There are different living options once you're ready to move out.

What you’ll need  

Deciding what you need to take with you largely depends on where you’re going and what’s important to you. It’s part of learning to live independently, as you start to take responsibility and make choices yourself. 

Some things you should be taking include: 

  • your driver’s licence. 
  • your debit and credit cards. 
  • your passport. 
  • your birth certificate. 
  • any necessary medication. 

Any non-essential items will depend on what you want in your place, whether it’s a gaming console or instrument. Some places are also less furnished than others, so you might need to arrange to move your bed, wardrobe and other large items. 

Moving somewhere new 

Moving to a different place away from your whānau or where you grew up can be both exciting and scary. These mixed feelings can come and go at any point and are perfectly normal.  

If this is your first time on your own, you might want to consider the following as you prepare to settle in: 

  • Reach out to friends and other networks in the area. This can help you navigate your new neighbourhood, town or city. You might even meet other new people through those friends. 
  • Learn as much as you can about the place you’re moving to: many suburbs and cities have Facebook groups and sites you can join, such as Neighbourly. These pages can be quite useful just to keep up with what’s going on, and get a sense of the area, even if you’re not actively chatting with people.  
  • Take some time to figure out what you might need once you have moved, such as your transport cards or passes, or signing up for a library or doctor.  

If you’re moving from a rural environment to a city, or from a city to a rural area, there may be some big changes to get used to. These changes can be a bit overwhelming for some people to start with, so be kind to yourself.