7 Reasons Moving Back Home After College Isn’t So Bad

Moving back in with your parents after college is definitely not unusual in this day and age. Lots of recent college graduates flock back home in hungry droves because they’re broke and they have no choice. Being back under your parents’ roof can suck after several years of living with friends and partying whenever you want, but there are also some upsides to being back in your outdated childhood bedroom.

  1. Being home feels nice. There’s something very comforting about being back at home base. All of the familiar sights and sounds can be very relaxing to return to after all those years of stressing out about school stuff. Now, you’re back home with your childhood memories and no homework to worry about. All you have to stress out about is what you’re going to do with your life. No pressure right?
  2. You don’t have to worry about rent. Rent was a huge expense for your broke college ass, but when you’re living back at home you don’t have to worry about 98 percent of your income going towards a very painful-to-write check. There are definitely things you can do to help out around the house, though. You don’t want to be a complete freeloader.
  3. Your childhood friends are back home too. After several years of living far apart at different schools, you are now back in the same neighborhood with your old buddies. You can hang out more often and visit your old stomping grounds. They’re going through the same thing as you, so you can all get drunk and vent to each other on weekdays. It’ll be just like high school!
  4. You don’t have to pay for food. Your parents can afford to buy actual nutritional food and to you, that’s like a 5-star restaurant compared to your usual Ramen and Coors Light routine. You have fruit and vegetables at your disposal now. Goodbye freshman fifteen, you evil, artery-clogging jerk.
  5. You see your siblings more often. You missed the little bastards, didn’t you? Admit it. Instead of seeing them on the weekends or just on holidays, you now get to see them on a daily basis. Imagine all the fun shenanigans you can get yourselves into. Especially if all of you are of legal drinking age. It’s time to hit up those hometown bars with your siblings.
  6. There’s already furniture there. One of the most annoying things about moving all over the place while you’re in college is dragging furniture along with you. You have to figure out where to buy cheap but usable furniture, and then you have to figure out how to transport it and get it situated in your tiny ass apartment. When you move home, you can sell all of that crap and come home to a house that is already equipped with all the essentials. You’ll probably have to bribe your friends with pizza to help you move again sometime in the future, but for now, you’re good to go.
  7. You can do more with the money you make. Until you get situated with a better job that allows to to be on your own, you’ll probably get stuck with a crappy retail job for awhile. Although you won’t be making much with that job, you’ll have more flexibility with your money. Because you don’t have to worry about rent, utilities or food for awhile, your paychecks are going to last longer. If you want to get a cheap gym membership or splurge on some new clothes, you can. You’ll need to build up a decent wardrobe for a grown-up job anyway.
Lauren Clark is a writer and news curator based in Denver, Colorado with bylines here on Bolde and at Inside.com. While she’s vehemently anti-social media, you can find her on LinkedIn.