To give you a quick rundown on my situation, I didn’t go to university but I lived in a ‘halls’ type environment. I was working for a company that was located a couple of hours from where I lived, so I lived in shared accommodation with many other young people, around the same age as me. Here are the things I came to realize once I had moved out:
- When you go to the communal launderette to put your washing on, you have to be back the EXACT second it finishes. Otherwise, someone else is going to be touching your washing and possible leaving your underwear on the side, on display. Also, be prepared for your bra’s and knitted jumpers to be put into the tumble dryer and be RUINED, it’s going to happen!
- No matter how hard you tried to try to eat healthily, there will be weeks where you live off pot noodles and toast. I tried to make sure my food shopping contained a vast range of fruit and veg but the rest of it was quick, easy to cook meals. I mean c’mon when you have to be out the door in 20 minutes, you’re not going to want to spend long cooking a meal.
- LIDL WILL BECOME YOUR GO-TO FOOD SHOP. You will realize how much more expensive food is from Tesco, yes it may only be a few pennies here and there but it all adds up.
- You will be kept awake some nights due to the VOLUME of other’s music, I guess this one is kind of a given as not everyone is going to sleep at the same time. I WISH.
- Caffeine will become your best friend in the morning! When you’re running off 4 hours of sleep you are going to need several cuppa tea’s before you can make it out the door in the morning. TOP TIP: make sure you’re always stocked up on tea bags or coffee.
- HOT SHOWERS BECOME SACRED. If you’re the last one to shower in your building expect the water to be cold as more than likely someone has had a super long shower.
- ANYONE CAN TOUCH THE THERMOSTAT. This might seem like quite an obvious thing to mention, but if someone’s room is colder than yours they can turn it up to 30 odd degrees, causing your room to become an oven. Or the other way around someone may turn the heating all the way off because they’re too warm, causing you to freeze. Basically, having your room the PERFECT temperature is rather rare.
- I’m sorry to tell you but at some point, you WILL hear someone having sex, the walls aren’t as thick as you’d like.
- Believe it or not, you will learn to BUDGET YOUR MONEY. That’s one key life skill that I think is hard to learn until you are living away from your family home, I mean why do you really need to budget your money then. You’ll learn that you can’t just bust your wages on Urban Decay makeup and new underwear from Bo Avenue you’ve had your eye on; unfortunately, food shopping and rent come first.
- You’ll realize how handy it is to be able to drive or have a friend who is able to drive. It’s not ideal having to walk half an hour to a food shop, then carry your shopping all the way back.
Are there any other things you’ve learned whilst living away from home?