You just finished college and you're ready to cross the stage, shake some hands then throw your cap in the air. So far, roughly 1 million people have asked what your post-grad plans are and what you're doing with your degree. Moving back home after graduation to save money or take a job in your hometown is an excellent option, or you may be considering a new location. If you're planning to move, consider these steps.
Say goodbye to college
To make the move easier, unload any books you don't plan on using in the future. They're heavy and bulky to move so it's best to do this before you even begin packing. Most college bookstores will buy many back from you and the rest can be posted on Amazon or donated to a local library. You may also consider selling or giving your books to underclassmen in your major who can use them in following years.
If you have a job in the same area but won't be starting until after the summer, it might be helpful to move your belongings from the dorm to a storage unit for a few months. This way, you don't have to bring everything home now just to transport it back in September. Ask friends on campus if they have ever used local storage or check with your school's student life office for suggestions.
You may just be moving from on-campus housing in the short-term as you transition from pre-grad to post-grad life. Perhaps you aren't sure what the future holds but you aren't ready to leave your beloved college town just yet. If that's the case, a month-to-month lease will serve you well. With a flexible deal like that, you aren't required to stay through a year-long lease but you still have a place of your own. Depending on the length of your stay, you may want to look into nearby storage units as well for furniture or boxes that you won't need in the immediate future.
Decide where you want to live and start looking at the market
Before you can continue with the moving process, you need to choose a location. Many graduates move to urban centers but you don't necessarily have to live downtown. It's often more affordable to live on the outskirts of the city's nucleus and commute in for work and play. Find out before graduation if any of your classmates are moving to the same city. This information will give you a viable option for roommates or just a friendly face in your new area.
The Internet will be your primary resource if you're doing the housing hunt on your own, according to BostInno. Many graduates use Craigslist to find apartments for rent. It also has a room share section if you're interested in roommates but don't know anyone in the area. If you're hesitant to use Craigslist, there are other housing forums to look into, especially in cities. Your alma mater or new company may even have an intranet or blog-type forum for people to post housing needs, roommate inquiries or available rooms. Check out alumni groups on Facebook for information as well.
The last piece of advice is to get Internet set up immediately when you move. You'll need it to stay in touch, keep entertained and connect your smartphone to Wi-Fi so you don't use all of the month's data allotment. If this is your first time living on your own and you are unsure how to arrange for cable and Internet service, look into bundles that offer both at one price.