University is the time for leaving the nest, but that’s a lot easier said than done. So, we here at DUSA are going to give you a few tips and tricks that will hopefully make it a little easier!
Number 1: Money, money, money
Before you move out it is imperative you budget and budget well. Make sure to give yourself a cushion of a few hundred dollars, because it’s always better to have a surprising windfall rather than to be short. You will need at least a couple thousand dollars to pay for the bond, first month’s rent and bills. Luckily, your bond should come back to you when you decide to move on.
Number 2: Did someone say FREE?
Once you do move out there are a few cardinal rules to follow. Number 1, always accept a free meal. It doesn’t matter if it’s nothing flash because it’s still food, and that means you don’t have to buy your own. Number 2, layers over bills. Would you rather pay extra on power bills for heating or whack on another jumper and keep that sweet, sweet cash? Number 3, shop around. Once you have locked into an internet, utility or phone provider it can be a pain to change. So, make sure you shop around to different providers and get the best deal.
Number 3: Mo Money Mo Problems
After you’ve been in your place for the duration of your lease you might want to stay. If you do, you should know your landlord can (and most likely will) increase your rent per week. Usually it’s not a massive amount but it’s a good idea to budget for this when preparing for the next lease term.
Number 4: Mail; exciting when young, terrifying when old
The first thing you will notice about your new living situation is you actually receive mail. Most of this mail is awful, being either bills or junk. The only silver lining is you finally understand why Uncle Vernon was so jazzed about no post on Sundays. As tempting as it is to let all that post pile up, it’s always a better idea to open it and deal with it. Because even a slight wavering in your discipline could lead to a Dursley’s-denying-Harry’s-Hogwarts-letter situation.
Number 5: Santa can furnish your house
Every birthday, Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Eid-ul-Adha and any other chance on offer you can get free and super necessary items. From towels to socks they’re all amazing gift ideas now and you’re going to love them. Use these gift giving seasons to grab yourself some sneaky upgrades you’ve been eyeing off. Friends and family will be more then happy to oblige.
Number 6: Hard Rubbish, the smart person’s art gallery
People will toss art away like they toss old cutlery, it’s insane. Op shops are full to the brim with framed pieces that range from enlightenment landscapes to post-modernist impressions and all for under $100. If you hunt in certain affluent areas you can also find a plethora of art simply being thrown out and it’s all free! Don’t forget Kmart and Target too, they have cheap wall hangings that don’t look half bad at all.
Number 7: Roommates, choose wisely
Living with someone is a massive change in a relationship. There is literally no escape once you’ve locked it in so you want to choose wisely. If you do, you’ll be lucky enough to have gained a friendship that can never be broken no matter distance or time. If you don’t, you’ll be forced into a situation that could make your sanctum sanctorum the place you want to be least.
We hope some of these tips have helped you out if your planning to move out but remember that moving out will be, regardless, one of the best times of your life. So, make sure to smell the roses once in a while and enjoy it!