To go or not to go – that is the question. When heading out to university, there are two ways you can go around it: you either move out to another city or country where you can be on your own, or you go to a university at home, while still living with your parents. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages – which you’ll learn about now.
The Pros of Not Leaving the Nest
Living with your parents while going to college comes with a few perks, some of them including the following:
- You won’t have to pay for rent
Perhaps the most unnerving thing about going away for the university is having to pay for accommodation every month. Even if you live on campus, you’ll still have to pay a small fee – but if you choose to live by yourself in a flat, then a lot of money that you could have otherwise saved will go to your landlord. This way, you can use that money for something that you actually enjoy doing.
- Home-cooked meals
The typical weekly scenario of a student that goes away for college is this: Monday and Thursday, proper meals throughout the day; Wednesday, Thursday, average meals, and for the rest of the week, you only have scrapped all the way. That is because a student has to manage their money in a way that it doesn’t all go on cafeteria food. But if you stay home, you’ll have home cooked meals – meals that you won’t be charged for.
- You’ll have more time for yourself
When you start living by yourself, you’ll have to start doing everything by yourself as well. This includes cleaning the house, cooking, and other chores. However, if you live with your parents, you can split these chores with your parents. Plus, since you won’t have flatmates distracting you with parties or other temptations, you’ll have more time to focus on your studies.
The Cons of Staying Home
Obviously, there are also some drawbacks to staying at home, some of them including:
- Not as much freedom
Parents will be parents, so if you choose to stay home, chances are that they will also try to influence your every move. If you were living by yourself in college, you could get out at 11 PM from the house and no one could stop you. However, if you wanted to do the same thing at home with strict parents, you may still end up grounded for the rest of the week or threatened with sleeping on the doormat.
- You may fall in the comfort zone trap
Being too comfortable is sometimes also a blessing and a curse. Since you know your parents generally do some of the cores, you’ll keep saying things such as “I don’t need to do that now, mom will.” This is how you get lazy – and how you begin life as someone who procrastinates. Being too comfortable will make you a laidback person – preventing you from reaching the potential that you are actually capable of.
- You may be missing out
Each city or country has its own culture and people that deserve to be discovered – yet if you remain home, you’ll remain with the same culture, same people. Plus, since you’ll be living at home, you likely won’t be participating in events that take place on-campus, for people that live in the dorm.
In the end, it all depends on the type of person that you are – and how desperate you are to get away. If you want freedom and independence, then you should go away to college. If you have enough freedom and want to save money, then living with your parents might be the better option for you.