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How can students transit from dorm to off-campus life

Ways to transit from dorm to off-campus life

While you're away from the country, studying abroad, you will certainly miss home. Who wouldn't? But you will have to remind yourself of the goals and ambitions and just move ahead. Let us face the fact, it is not going to be as easy as eating a bar of chocolate.

First major concern every parent will have is, "where will their child stay?". Choosing University's dorms for staying while you study is a good option. Since, it is entirely a new place (unless you have some people from your family or friends who can guide you through, you will be all for yourself) it is best to choose the dorm until you get used to the surroundings. However, it comes with the "buts".

To begin with, staying at dorms may cost you more than what it would if you were to stay elsewhere. And sometimes there may be no vacancies in the university dorms (perhaps because there were a lot of students who stayed back or got transferred or you might have enrolled to the university or college late). In such cases too you will have to be there for yourself.

You need to explore the off-campus life. Here are the things you can follow to help yourself transit from dorm to off-campus life:

* Find out:
Begin with knowing the surroundings of the campus, research, find out the places that are renting out, compare the rents, distance and facilities.

*Make friends:
Know who all are out there who are thinking of going out of dorms. Compare again, with whom can you best gel about easily? Who will make a good roommate? After analysing, discuss the plan with them and move in together. This will reduce your expenditure.

*Follow rules:
Make a list of rules that you and your roommate(s) will have to follow. Make sure to include "sharing expenses related to the room and food" is on the list. Add other things like "who will do which work on which day". Being clear about such things will help you avoid any conflicts in the long run.

*Feel at home:
If you do not decide to consider the new place as yours, you will always feel that you are out-of-place. Arrange the pictures of your family and friends. Call them, speak to them. Feel at home.

*Living by yourself:
Finally, be proud of yourself. Whether you have lived away from your families or not, it is an achievement to be living now. You are proving that you are capable of taking care of yourself and you are independent. Be proud of that fact!

Lastly, all it takes to transit is a bit of courage and confidence that you will be able to survive wherever you go. Just trust yourself and make good friends, and most importantly stay focused on your goals. You must return back home as an achiever. Just concentrate on that and you shall achieve it!

In case you end up with a troublesome roommate, find out how to deal with them here- "Student Life: How to deal with a problematic roommate"

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