I spent half of my college years living near school in an apartment and then a townhouse. In my third and fourth year of college, I moved back home to save money. For me, classes, internships/work, and club activities kept me out of my place for most of the day. Essentially the only time I was at the townhouse was basically to sleep. I would wake up at 6:30am to go to the gym, then work, and finally to school at around 5:00pm and end up going at 12:00am after my extracurricular activities. Some days it would be just the reverse, I’d have class in the morning and then work at night. Occasionally I’d have a dinner or lunch date and every week my friends and I would kick it somewhere. Since I’m considered relatively “local” to my university, it makes little sense financially to continue paying someone else’s rent. Still, the reason I spent my first two years near school was to be closer to colleagues and friends. For a good part of college, it helped maintain my social life and that’s something I was/am willing to pay for. In a couple weeks, I will be beginning work at an accounting firm. Entering the working world is a different transition. Is it now time to start saving money for a down payment by moving out?
It is a cultural norm that Americans tend to frown upon men living with their ‘rents past age 20. However, in recent years there has been a 6% increase in young adults between the ages 18 and 34 living with the ‘rents. I believe there is a difference between living at home unemployed without goals and one who lives there to save money and actively moving ahead. Even if the above is not true, if a girl is only interested in where you live, is she that much of a catch? If I really wanted to rough out it on my own, I should just shoulder more weight with chores around the house.
Ultimately, the choice was a financial one. I’ve decided to move back home. My reasoning includes: "If a girl is only interested in where I live then she is not that much of a catch". I can save money for two years and be able to put a down payment on a house; what is another two years? I am more than willing to drive within an hour and a half’s radius around my ‘rents place to meet up with people.