In just over a weeks time, I am moving back up to uni. And although I say ‘back’, its all going to be different this year. Last year was my first year, I knew no one and didn’t have a clue what it was going to be like. This year I am moving into a house with my boyfriend and 3 bestest friends… and I kinda know what to expect.
Except this year is going to be different as I still have a lot of growing up to do. Last year all my rent and bills were sorted for me by my paps (thank you dad), but this year I have to sort it out myself. Last year it was a flat where I just had a kitchen and room, this year its a whole big house with sofas. SOFAS. But living at home since April, I am going to have to relearn everything about what its like moving out and leaving home.
I made a few mistakes last year and although I still have a bit of growing up to do, I feel like I have at least a years experience of moved outness to talk about, so if you are heading off to uni this September (or October you weirdos- do you even study??) then this might be usefles for you!
1- made a bloody spreadsheet
I am the most useless person when it comes to spreadsheets. I don’t really get how to use them. They kinda just confuse me and I have always just kinda mocked the kind of person to have one. BUT NOW I AM ONE OF THEM. Spreadsheets are such a useful way to keep track of money, dates, bills, etc. If you are the kind of person who likes to write it down of paper (me too) then sure do that AS WELL but this way you won’t lose the paper, you wont have to worry about adding things up yourself and you can always link your spreadsheet to other apps on your phone like your calendars. Trust me, they are helpful.
2- check in on everyone at home
Moving out is exciting and grown up, but don’t forget about those you left behind. My mum worries if she hasnt heard from me in 3 consecutive days! Seriously though, even when youre having a god time, they spent 18 bloody years raising you, not just for your to forget about them as soon as they are off the radar.
SO DONT FORGET ABOUT YOUR MAMMA
Especially if you are a student, you need a budget. And whatever you do, don’t go into the mindset of ‘my overdraft is just more money I can use for free’ because ITS NOT and as soon as your gradate they charge you for that shit. So set yourself a budget and just try to stick with it. (I said try)
Okay so I am a pretty shocking chef I wont lie. When I moved out I could barely boil an egg. But now I am really trying my hardest to learn how to cook even basic meals like fahitas and stir fry. Its a life lesson we all need, and as much as you try, you can’t live off pot noodle for the rest of your life.
5- Make your space your own
One thing that really excited me about moving out was that I was finally able to make my space my own. As much as my mum let me decorate my room back at home, there were always limits. But moving into your own space and moving out means that you can do whatever the hell you want with your space (granted its in line with your landlords rules) so go nuts.
These are 5 things that I have learnt slash found since moving out, and I cannot wait for my next adventure this year in my new house. Let me know if you have any questions and if you are moving out for the first time this september, good luck!!