Moving out of home is exciting, but leaving your family and living somewhere new can be overwhelming too. Get some tips on how to handle the transition to a new location, including what to do if you’re finding things really

tough.

This can help if:

  • you’re thinking of moving out of home
  • you’re about to leave home for the first time
  • you want help with deciding whether or not to move out
    .

Should I stay or should I go?

When you begin to plan leaving home, it’s a good idea to think through all the things you need to do to prepare. Stuff you need to decide on before leaving home may include:

‘Do I want to go?’

You might be moving to study, to try something new, for work, or to feel more independent. Whatever the reason, be sure that leaving home is the right decision for you. If you feel pressured by other people to move out, talk to them about why you want to stay. Maybe suggest another time in the future to leave, when you’ll be better prepared and more comfortable with the idea.

‘Do I have somewhere safe to live?’

If you’re over 18 and have a stable income, you can probably move into shared accommodation with friends, look at renting your own place or join an existing share house through a site like Flatmate Finders. However, if you’re under 18, your age may make it difficult to rent a house or sign a lease.

If you’re leaving home because of family conflict or abuse, then there are refuges and supported accommodation services that may be available to you.

‘Do I have enough money to support myself?’

Learn about making a budget to see how much money you’ll need each week to pay the rent and buy what you need. If you don’t have a job or are still studying, you may be eligible for social security payments. Contact your nearest Centrelink office to find out what benefits you’re eligible to receive.

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