Take Everything And Brace Yourself For Winter: Moving Out Tips For Every College Student

Moving into student accommodation? Or even more intimidating, a privately rented place? Independence is both a scary and liberating experience. Moving out is something you should definitely try in your early years to enable you to imagine what life after college, and away from home, will be like. It’s like 'practice being a grown-up' time. Living away from home will help you understand that some people suck, and some of those people you may need to help pay rent every month. However, while still in college you can claim aid from your parents place. Here are some essential tips to help with the big move!

1. ‘Take What You Can, Give Nothing Back.’

Hopefully, your parents have imparted onto you skills that will help you to function on your own. Hopefully, one of those skills is to recognise the usefulness of free stuff! Your parents have tonnes of stuff just lying around that they probably won’t notice you ‘borrowing’: spatulas, cutlery, cups, towels, toilet roll, a microwave, a blender ... some of these college life essentials are residing right now in your family home. Why not take them with you? It’s a win-win for you and that inanimate object.

2. ‘Brace Yourself ...Winter Is Coming.’

And with it comes freezing cold weather! No doubt like most college students, you don't have any extra money floating around to pay a gas bill, or a fireplace to put on a fire. Instead invest in these essential items: fluffy socks, extra blankets, lots of sweaters, hot water bottles, scarves, ditto gloves, and if all else fails: Find yourself a cuddle buddy.


3. Avoid Taking Too Much Stuff.

You do NOT need to bring every single thing you own with you. Okay, that doll your aunt gave you when you were little is super precious but do you really want some one-night stand person ogling it when they should be ogling you? Face it: 1) you probably won’t have the room for everything in your new place; and 2) wouldn’t you rather your sister stealing your stuff than some random person you’ve known for one night? In which scenario are you more likely to get your stuff back?

4. Grab A Lift.

No one enjoys moving their stuff on public transport. If you’re not driving, find someone who is - a fellow student or maybe convince your parents to help you out. You might not see them for a while, this is a chance to ‘bond’. Just make sure they don’t notice your shot glass collection or secret porn stash.

5. Throw A Party.

Initiate your place and yourself into the social scene. You must include your housemates in this decision or be branded a douchebag for the rest of the college year.

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Orlaith Costello
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Orlaith is a Creative Writing graduate from NUI Galway. Hailing from the low lying fields of Athenry, or at least what’s left of the low lying fields. She enjoys the internet as a means of living vicariously through others from the safe confines of her own bed. She will initiate a dance off after at least two drinks on any given night out.

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