So you’ve completed your university course and graduated with flying colors. Congratulations! Hopefully, you’ll find your degree as useful as it was enjoyable to study.
There’s a good chance you’ve already got it sorted, but choosing where to live – and who to live with – after your student life ends can be pretty tricky. Making the wrong decision here can lead to headache after headache as you navigate a labyrinth of unpaid bills, undone chores, and animosity between barely-acquainted housemates.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve assembled a few tips to help you make your way through the tricky and uncertain world of post-student living. From location to decoration, from who you’re spending time with to how you’re spending it, there are a number of things to remember if you want to make the most of your new post-uni life. Here are just some of them.
You might not think this one is that important, but if there’s one thing you should do when you leave university it’s installed good furniture.
If you’ve got the money, it’s worth pursuing custom-built furniture for your hotspots (that’s your kitchen and your bedroom) because you’ll be spending a lot of time there. If you think you’re adequately-equipped for custom-built furniture, click to find out more about how you can make this a reality.
It’s just worth having a set of bespoke furniture for your first post-uni home because it’ll make the place feel like somewhere you want to stay. If you can’t quite stretch to that, make sure you’re filling your home with furniture and decorations that you love.
Pick the right housemates
You might just be moving back in with your parents after uni (no shame – it’s actually a pretty common occurrence). You might already have your life planned out with the sweetheart you met while studying.
If neither of these things
Find a good location
Whatever your budget, the chances are you can find somewhere that’s reasonably decent to live. If you’ve got a bit more to spend – perhaps from savings or an inheritance – then don’t be afraid to splash out for a better place.
If you aren’t doing too great money-wise, then don’t be afraid to move back in with the folks (if that’s an option) or to find an opportunity to live at a relatively low rent while you look for somewhere more permanent.
If you’re buying, you don’t want to make a hasty decision that you rushed into only to find that the place isn’t for you. If you’re renting, make sure you know your landlord and the area the place is in before committing.
Be prepared for arguments
No matter who you’re living with and how accustomed you are to them, you’re going to fight. Studies have shown that couples have over 100 arguments per year about household stuff like chores, finances and other home-related quibbles. With that in mind, pick someone you know is reasonable and on your level to live with.
You might have the perfect housemate when it comes to duties, bills and other things, but if they stay cooped up in their room all day and won’t talk to you then it won’t make any odds. Similarly, if your relationship just can’t stand the strain of petty disagreements over money and household things, then it might be time to re-evaluate whether you’re with the right person (sorry!).
Try to find a job first
In today’s economy, this might not be the easiest thing in the world, but it definitely pays to find a secure and relatively decent-paying job before you make the jump to moving out.
The lack of a student loan often proves to be more of a kicker for many than it initially seems like it’ll be; not having enough money to pay rent is a sobering experience indeed, while just about being able to cover amenities without being able to enjoy yourself just isn’t fun. Don’t be afraid to live with your relatives for a while until you sort out your employment situation.
This applies if you’ve just lost a job further down the line too – don’t be scared to ask relatives and loved ones for help while you get back on your feet.
We hope these tips and tricks to help you live a post-student life have helped. If they have, let us know – and tell us if we missed anything!