Owning Your Space: Tips on Living Alone

Last updated on 16 Sep 2017

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By Rebecca Isjwara

Pursuing your studies abroad might be the first time you would be living on your own, and honestly, it’s not going to be easy. Figuring out how to run errands by yourself is going to be tricky, let alone doing it in a foreign country. However, living alone also comes with a lot of perks, such as being able to layout your room/flat however you want. Being on your own doesn’t necessarily have to be a scary process, and here are four tips to help you out:

1. Have a budget plan

Laying out a monthly expense estimation would allow you to have better control over your finances. By knowing how much money you need to allocate to food, rent, and school supplies, you’d be able to spend accordingly and not be pressed for food at the end of the month. When planning your budget for the year, don’t forget to allocate some extra cash for upfront settling in costs, such as apartment deposits, cooking utensils, and also any furniture you might need.

2. Aspire to a healthy lifestyle

Maintaining your health is something we recommend you pay extra attention to, because being sick would stop you from being able to go to class, hang out with friends, and is ultimately a horrible experience when living on your own. Being healthy comes with regulated sleep, enough nutrition, and regular exercises. Don’t forget to bring personal medications and vitamins as well just in case.

3. Clean up your place

It’s always tempting to leave your dishes unwashed and your clothes unlaundered, but these little things will ultimately lead up to an increasingly inhospitable environment. Chores like sweeping the house and wiping down your bookshelves would not only make your place more comfortable to live in, but also helps prevent germs and other unwanted bacteria/mold from growing. Plus, a clean place is always a good spot for you and your friends to hang out in.

4. Spend time with your friends

Living alone does not mean that you have to go about your day-to-day on your own. A social circle is just as necessary as all the other items listed above. You could do simple activities such as inviting people over to catch a movie or cooking some home food together. Alternatively, you could also join social activities and university clubs to get to know your new environment better.

While living alone seems daunting at first, it is a necessary step towards growing up and living independently. Ultimately, you will find that being able to have more control over your own life means figuring out what sort of lifestyle you love and what works for you. Good luck, and stay tuned to for more tips like this!