Moving out of your family home can be an exciting and scary time; however it is a time that all young people must face in their life. One of the best things to remember is that you always have family and friends to fall back on if you stumble a bit on your journey.
If you want to get your own apartment, the first thing that you will need is a job or other source of income. Many apartment buildings will accept student loans or scholarship money as income, so if these are your source of income, remember to get the records before going apartment hunting. A good rule of thumb is that your apartment should not cost more than one third of what you make, so that you can properly afford all living expenses.
Once you have found apartments in your price range, make a visit to see the leasing office. Leasing consultants will give youinformation the apartment, the rules, and explain the lease that you will be required to sign. A lease is a binding legal document, so be sure to read over the entire lease before you agree. Most leases are 12 months, so you will be required to live in your unit for 12 months before vacating.
Once you are on your own, it is important to budget wisely. Set aside your money for rent before anything else, and then pay bills and utilities as they come in during the month. If you remember to spend wisely and don’t waste money or resources, living on your own will get less scary and more fun.