Hell yes, you’ve finally graduated from university! Congratulations. At this point, you’ve most likely got your eye on what you want to do next, but there’s one problem. You’re considering moving out but don’t know where to start. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered and are here to help. Here are the best tips that you’ll need for moving out after graduation.
Do Research Into the Area
As simple and obvious as it may sound, it’s often easy to overlook the ins and outs of an area. If you are planning on moving out after graduation, especially into a new area, make sure you conduct a good amount of research. Think average rent prices, crime rates, distance and travel, and most importantly, the best places you can get food!
Actually, Visit The Area More Than Once
Simply using Google Maps to look at your area isn’t enough. We’re a lazy bunch, yes, but it’s always a good idea to visit the area you plan on moving out to. More than once, by the way. Get to know the different routes, all the best coffee places (maybe even have a quick taste too), and even get to know people around the area that you plan on living at.
Learn The Basics
Being thrown out into the big world after graduation can be daunting. But learning the basics (such as cooking, being able to work the laundry, and knowing which coloured bin the trash goes into) can make life that bit easier. Now, this may sound like something every graduate should know already; however, it would shock you to know that not many know how to do these basic things. According to a study by London Student, 30,000 students in the UK admitted that they did not know how to cook!
Look After Your Mental Health
Looking after your mental health is probably the most important tip we will give you when you move out after graduation. Moving out can increase stress and anxiety levels and can cause moving out to become a burden. Make sure that you have a good support system (people you can go to for help) and take time out to focus on yourself. Activities such as meditating, going for walks, and even getting together with some friends can help keep positive mental wellbeing.
Don’t pack everything
If you’re anything like me, then you most likely have attachment issues. You want to take everything with you; your clothes, your bed, and even your wallpaper. As hard as it may sound, when moving out after graduation, you can’t take everything with you (whether this is from your accommodation or your parent’s home). Take some things that are sentimental to you, your toiletries and some clothes. A good tip is not to overwhelm yourself when packing because there is a high chance that everything you think that you’ll forget, you’ll be able to purchase again.
Keep In Touch with Family and Friends
The final handy tip for graduates moving out is to keep in touch with your loved ones. Moving out after graduation is exciting but can get lonely at times, and you will no doubt miss your family and friends. Video calling apps such as FaceTime, Whatsapp, and Microsoft Teams are fantastic apps to use to connect with everyone back home.