If you never decided to move out when going to university, then count yourself as someone who avoided a huge storm.
Everything seems pretty much and all fun and games before the dirty dishes on the counter start to bother you before you realise that some people are willing to live in a sh*thole. The reality of living in student accommodation is that you’ll either meet friends for life who stay with you throughout your university life, or you’ll end up like me in my first year – realising that people aren’t always what you initially perceive them to be. Let me put it this way, you will learn a lot when you move away from home. I don’t just mean move around the corner from your family home, I mean miles away.
For those of you who are looking at moving away to university this list will definitely help you discover mistakes you’ll make, and for those of you who have already experienced it – I’m sorry I didn’t write this post earlier! Without a doubt, I don’t regret my decision, and I must make that clear here. I may be ranting and raving about the stupid things, but now I’m in a better place (living where I do for second year) I most definitely wouldn’t go back and change my mind.
Dishes don’t do themselves
For most of my life, my family home had a dishwasher and moving out really made me grateful for all the hard work it does. You only realise what you had when it’s gone, and god I definitely miss having a dishwasher on hand to stick my dirty dishes in.
You don’t know what quiet really is until you’ve spent your first night on your own
If you’re like me and have a reasonably big family with brothers and sisters then you’ll know what a full house sounds like. The first few weeks and even month of living away from home seems super creepy at times. I’ve never truly lived in a silent house until moving away and it’s still strange to me sometimes. After a year and a half of living away from home, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to how quiet some nights are.
There’s nothing better than your mums home cooking
Only when you’ve had to live off pasta and sauce for a week will you realise how nice your mums Spaghetti Bolognese was. It might not have seemed the best you’ve ever had at the time, but it’s a better job than you could do. I mean, I can’t even make mashed potato that isn’t lumpy, so much for living independently.
Alarm clocks are your worst enemy
Yet they’re also your best friend, it might seem like the worst possible day when you’re alarm goes off at 7am but they’re really there to help you. I never had any problems getting up in the mornings when my whole family was singing and dancing around the house but when you wake up to just an alarm in the mornings it’s significantly harder to get out of your bed. Some mornings have to set multiple alarms just to get me sitting up straight in bed, whilst now I’m pretty used to getting up on my own in the quiet, it was very hard at first!
People aren’t always as nice as you may think
For the most part, people are generally honest and kind-hearted. However, when you’re living with people, it is only a matter of time (give it 3 or 4 months) before true colours start to show. When you’re living with people 24/7 and spend a lot of time with them, they can only put on a front for so long before you get to see what they’re really like. Hopefully, you don’t experience horrible people if you’re moving away but sometimes it does happen so make sure you’re prepared.
Nothing is better than going home and sleeping in your own bed
Even if your bed at university is super soft and comfortable, there just something about the homely feeling of your bed at home that will never change. Depending on how far away you live from your home, will depend on how much you go home but generally, people will go home just so they can sleep in their bed again.
Cooking for one person is a lot harder than you think
I quite like cooking and trying new recipes but I’m disastrous when it comes to portion control and how much food to make. I’m either boiling enough pasta to feed 20 people or I’m grilling a tiny chicken fillet. There is literally no in-between with cooking!
Maybe you knew everything I put on this list, but maybe you didn’t! Life is full of surprises and moving out and living miles away from your family home is going to be hard regardless. However, you will definitely become a more independent, and reliable persona because of it. If you’re at university or about to move away soon, don’t get caught up in the worries and small problems you may encounter, enjoy it whilst it lasts. Life just keeps getting faster and you’ll never get those years back.