What should I do before I leave?
Whether you’re moving out into a university halls of residence or a place of your own, you need to make sure you've thought through your options and are prepped before you make the change.
One of the first things you should think about is what works best financially. For example, if you're studying at a university or ITP then halls of residence might seem more expensive on a weekly basis. However, the cost does include things like heating and internet.
Location also plays a part, as living closer to where you work or study will reduce what you spend on transport. Thinking about the bigger picture is a good way to cut down on your costs.
There are also several things you'll want to make sure you've prepared before you move. These include:
- Talking through the move with your parents or caregivers/guardians.
- Putting aside some money and budgeting for expenses.
- Making sure you’ve got everything sorted for your new place (checking whether you need a bed, a fridge etc).
- Having someone help look through any documents you need to sign.
Getting these in order ahead of time will make the whole process a little bit smoother and help you avoid any last-minute worries.
If you're looking for more information on how to apply for accommodation at a university or ITP, check out our link below.