I’ve set­tled into a rou­tine and it’s now far eas­ier to man­age

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El­yse Good­win is only 19 but has al­ready moved out of her New­cas­tle home. She is study­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney, fi­nanc­ing the move af­ter work­ing as a nanny and do­ing ca­sual week­end shifts at a res­tau­rant. “I al­ways love to chal­lenge my­self and I thought be­ing so young and mov­ing to the big city there would be a lot of op­tions for work and places to live.

My par­ents helped me de­velop some in­de­pen­dence so when I did move out it wouldn’t be a strug­gle; I could cook my own food and ask for help from peo­ple.

Even so, they were pretty shocked when I told them I was mov­ing out. But I ex­plained I could af­ford it and it was a great op­por­tu­nity for me to live in Syd­ney. Now they see me as very ma­ture. I think ma­tu­rity plays a mas­sive part. If you feel com­fort­able liv­ing with a bunch of strangers and be­ing able to make friends then I think you’re ready.

But there are a lot of 19-year-olds that aren’t ready to leave the com­fort of their par­ents. They are not self-suf­fi­cient at home and would def­i­nitely strug­gle.

I was ini­tially look­ing at off-cam­pus ac­com­mo­da­tion, but I found peo­ple were see­ing my age and im­me­di­ately re­ply­ing to say ‘this is not a party house’.

A lot of peo­ple have the ex­pec­ta­tion that young peo­ple just want to party and make a mess of the house. I then started look­ing into stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, which is $303 per week, in­clud­ing Wi-Fi.

My bud­get was ini­tially $250 per week, but I soon re­alised that was nowhere near enough for a pri­vate room off cam­pus. Even in a sub­urb with­out a sta­tion, it’s at least $350 be­fore bills.

Jug­gling fi­nances has been OK, but I’m not sav­ing any­thing. Most nights peo­ple will say ‘where are we go­ing tonight?’ and a lot of the time I have to say, “I can’t go, it doesn’t fit into this week’s bud­get.” But now I’ve set­tled into a rou­tine and it’s be­come far eas­ier to man­age.”

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