On the edge of adulthood – Living at home in your 20’s

Home Sweet Home (Photo Credit: Martin Frey)
Home Sweet Home (Photo Credit: Martin Frey)

There’s plenty of struggles that come with moving back home after college. Privacy goes out the window as your family members have never heard of knocking. You’re still subject to mammy’s interrogation after every night out. “Dating” gets consistently covered up as “I’m meeting the girls/the lads” and the phrase “As long as you live under my roof…” has started to lose ALL meaning.

Home Sweet Home (Photo Credit: Martin Frey)
Home Sweet Home (Photo Credit: Martin Frey)

Having said that, between an Irish housing crisis and trying to find your feet in the adult world, a substantial amount of graduates don’t have much choice but to return to the nest. While it does take a toll on your social life to some extent and will never live up to the wild antics that came with living away for college, moving back home after your studies has it’s perks.  If your parents are letting take up your old residence free of charge, the following should make you feel a little bit more appreciative of that !

Living in comfort rent free

According to Ronan Lyons, renting in Dublin is costing on average €1,293 – €2,066 a month.

“The rule of thumb about a household’s accommodation costs is that their accommodation costs, in the form of rents or mortgage payments, should not be greater than roughly one third of the household’s disposable income.” – Daft.ie

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know too many entry level jobs that are offering a salary of €45,000 a year (not to a journalism student anyway!), which is roughly what is required to live in Dublin and maintain some standard of living.

Living at home, you are ultimately living in fully furnished, fully amended, responsibility free environment and you’re not paying a cent! This kind of lifestyle isn’t our god given right as the off-spring of a generation that got off their asses and made their lives for themselves. With the state of Ireland’s housing crisis at all time high, it is in fact a blessing to have a roof over ones head. Never mind a free roof covering an array of home comforts. Don’t forget, your parents are paying a mortgage too, and letting you skip out on a contribution to their bills is actually really sound.

You never go hungry 

Whilst you cannot beat the freedom that came with living away from home in college, the novelty of the old “beans on toast” diet that most students become accustomed to wears off. Fast. Its not that students are ever necessarily in a position of starvation but when it comes down to saving a few bucks for the weekly shop or a few bucks for the session which one do you think a student is most likely to choose ? Hello naggins, so long nutrition !

But once you move home, you become the subject of full cupboards and rarely empty bellies, and such is the Irish Mammy, you’ll probably have the “odd” meal made for you as well.

This is major part of living at home most people don’t appreciate enough. The average cost of feeding a family for a week comes in at around 150 euro according to The Irish Times. So maybe offer to empty the dishwasher every now and then, there’s no such thing as a free lunch in the real world!

Finding your feet

Living at home might take a toll on your social life to some extent, but it’s the ultimate opportunity to put your life plans in motion without consistent bills residing in the back of your mind. Being in your twenties are probably the most enjoyable years of your life – but according to a recent study by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland emerging adulthood plays a major role in effecting the mental of those in their early 20’s.

“Findings from our studies suggest that Irish young people may have higher rates of mental disorder than similarly aged young people in other countries” – RCSI report

Living at home takes some of the stress out of trying to get your life together in your twenties, use the opportunity to set goals, save money and appreciate your parents shoulder to cry on after the first few job rejections (there will be plenty). Your life will start eventually, so long as you make the most of all your opportunities and appreciate what living at home has given you rather than what it has taken away.

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