Finding a place to move in
Growing up, few of us have an idea about how to find your place in the wild when you move out of the bubble that is your home. So, here's a practical guide to finding a place to move in.
The first task is to choose an area. If you are moving because of work or study, then it's a no-brainer that you should try to find places near your respective office or university. In case you end up living somewhere that demands a regular commute to your workplace, it's going to make your life easier if you figure out your routes and budget of commuting before moving in.
Depending on your budget, you might be looking for a hostel, a room, or an entire apartment. Whatever the case, keep in mind that some landlords will only rent their apartments to families.
Safety also plays a big role in area selection. More so for girls. An area that has proper streetlights, and a building with some form of security will serve you well.
Living at home, we do not always realise how much work goes into running a household. From laundry to groceries, everything is distributed among the members of a family, so the burden does not fall on one person.
However, when you are living on your own, you will have to be responsible for all of it. This is why a building with grocery stores, a laundry, and pharmacies in walking distance will be a lifesaver.
Speaking of lifesavers, if you find people you know who live in the area before moving, it will save you many hurdles. If you have a friend who can show you around and give you some insight into the area, it will make your move much smoother and the initial bout of homesickness bearable.
Better yet, see if you can share an apartment or room with a friend. Aside from cutting living costs significantly, it will make managing household chores easier.
Many of the things you took for granted at home will not be around anymore. In Bangladesh, apartments and student housing facilities rarely come furnished, so be prepared to bring your own necessities. Unlike a trip where bringing clothes and toiletries is enough, this time you need to be fully prepared with everything from curtains to bichhana er jharoo so you should start making extensive lists.
Aside from the material things, some skills too are mandatory for living on your own. Learning to compromise, knowing how to mix with people, having some basic cooking and budgeting skills will make sure you survive with a little less hassle.
Finally, no amount of research and reading up will fully prepare you for the move. So get out and learn as you go.
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