Goodbye Dorm Room, Hello Freedom: A 5-Step Survival Guide for Life Off-Campus

When the time comes to move out of the dorms and into your own place, there will be an array of new challenges to face. Delightful landlords, indicators of mom behavior, shopping and cooking as well as some DIY cleaning tricks and fixes will all become part of your life. As with every challenge, you will have your moments, but don’t worry, we know you can do it.

Landlords. Tip number one: know your rights and make sure you write everything down. This may be the first time you will deal with a landlord and the most important thing to do is to go through your contract VERY carefully and make sure you understand all the terms, conditions and fine print. You don’t want to be taken advantage of.

All those small mom habits you didn’t even realize before? This is more than likely you will start seeing your mom in you and it won’t actually be that bad. Small things, like how you organize groceries and toiletries or even how you make your bed. You learnt from her, so why wouldn’t you end up doing the same, embrace it. It will also aid you in making your new home feel a lot more like your “old” one.

Grocery shopping and Cooking were always the “grownups” responsibility. Hey – guess what? Now they are your responsibility which if 1+1+2 then… you are now the grown up! Tackle the task as an adventure, plan accordingly and you never know – you might actually enjoy it!

DIY cleaning, Finding yourself knee deep in dirty laundry and dust certainly won’t be the highlight of your week, but an essential one nonetheless. So make sure it’s on the schedule and just get it done.

Lastly, just because you don’t live on campus anymore doesn’t mean you now need to be completely removed from it. Stay plugged in and make a concerted effort to get involved in on-campus activities. You’re still a student there after all.

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