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View Poll Results: What age is the right time to move out?
18 4 6.90%
20 7 12.07%
22 15 25.86%
24 10 17.24%
26 16 27.59%
Never 3 5.17%
Younger than 18 1 1.72%
I will live there until I am 65 and will never get a job 2 3.45%
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Old 06-02-2006, 09:15 AM   #1
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Just wondering what you guys think.

I moved out at 18 for school and then at 19 got an apt and havent gone back and dont plan to...I love em, but I just need my own space!
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Old 06-02-2006, 10:26 AM   #2
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Depends on your situation I guess. I was living with my parents until about 3 months after I turned 24. I could have moved out earlier if I wanted to get an apartment but instead I wanted my own house. So some friends of mine were ranking on me when I was 23/24 and still living at home but they are the ones still renting , or even renting from me, now. I also have friends who still live at home that I don't see moving out until they are like 27 or so. It just works for them for right now.

I have other friends who moved out younger and loved it. They had it rough at first but now are pretty settled in with it and it is all just the way life is.

I think everyone has a point where they HAVE to move out, but I don't think it always is a cut and dry answer for everyone.

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I think it depends on your school and/or finances. It might be advantageous for someone to stay at home while going to college to save money. But every situation is different.
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My goal was to move out before I turned 30, and I did it.

Granted, I first moved out when I was 17 and had to move back home a few times in the next dozen years, but that's a symptom of where you live and the economy around there. In the SF Bay Area, it simply makes sense. With insane housing prices and a volatile job market, it's been totally common, even for people in their 30s, to live with the folks around here. It's almost socially acceptable now.

Personally, I didn't mind living with my parents - as much as they can get on my nerves, they're pretty cool. I just hated living in the suburbs and had to get to the big bad city.
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I moved out first when I was 19 or 20 and have moved back in I think twice since then for various reasons like what Omisan said above. If for some reason I felt like I had to move back in with my mom now, I wouldn't be terribly bothered by it because she's less of a mom (these days) and more just a cool person to hang out with. Err.. mostly.
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I moved out when I was 15 for school and stuff but before that I did 2 years of military school, I guess it's up to the situation and the individual level of growth the person has. Still I keep on living partially off my folks, I have a house they gave me in Cali, Colombia & a beach house over Margarita Venezuela. Even thou I am pretty much 20 already they just finished an new house and they still made a room for me with my colors and everything ( Ultra Pure White & Alien green).
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:57 PM   #8
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I left home for the first time when I was 18, and going back home for a few months after half a year away was very difficult. I'm away at school now (about as far from home as I can get), and am planning to stay away as much as possible. I'll live with the parents whenever I'm in Malaysia, but I don't know if I see myself returning there to work after I'm done with school. I guess I'm in an in-between state of independence but I don't see myself going back to live with the 'rents anymore.

I don't think there's a set age for moving out, and it's very different culturally when comparing Malaysia and the US. Most kids in Malaysia don't work through school the way kids in the US do, and even if we did, the money is too insignificant to get you anywhere...so most kids stay w/ parents until they really have a secure job, methinks.
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I'm moving out in 2 weeks (at age 18) but I have a feeling that after I get back from my big europe trip next year I'm gonna be completely poor and have to come back home for awhile... I don't mind though
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it definitely depends. i'm hoping not to have to move back in after school's over...but i wouldn't mind hanging out with my mom. she's really just one of my really good friends-you know, the ones that get upset when you mention you haven't paid for a haircut in several months, and therehence drag you to the stylist to get a trim.

i stayed with my mom a year after highschool. i worked 80+ hours a week at two part-time jobs (don't ask me how) and pretty much helped paid for everything. i do disagree w/my dad for kicking my lil siblings out the day after they graduate. i don't think it's a really good motivating tool...
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yup i moved out when i was 18 and have moved in and out half a dozen times since then. It's a cycle that works for me and I don't mind.

At some point I will leave for good but the bed is comfy, the food is free and well utilities in arizona can get a wee bit pricey if you don't like sweating your balls off 24/7.
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I fully moved out around 18, though due to bad circumstances, they let Jake and I move in for a few months when we were 20.... I guess it just depends on a lot of things. I love my parents and am glad to know they'll always be there.
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My friend's brother is 35 and is moving back in with the 'rents..AGAIN. I cannot give an exact cut-off of when it is acceptable or not to live with the parents...there are too many variables...but I do know that 35 is way too f'ing old to be doing that (unless you have a damn good reason, which he doesn't).

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I finally moved out last year (age 23). Though I wasn't there for about a year and a half before then(my total travelling time). I think the situation is different for everyone. But I know I kind of lose respect for someone if I know they have a full time job and are essentially free loading. So not cool.

Housing prices are insane in vancity right now. So I keep getting lots of people telling me that they are living at home because they're saving for a house. Ummm by the time they get the friggin down payment they will be 32!! I would gladly pay rent for ten years then to live at home for that amount of time. Really at some point you have to get some balls and Get a life!!!
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Moved out right before I was 19, back in and out a couple times, but this time, I've moved out for good (i hope!), and have been for the past year+ a few months. Granted, I'm 26 now, but I've lived with a few ex-girlfriends, had my own places, etc.

At the end of the day, its nice to have to folks around, but we all know that my idea of a normal lifestyle (waking up around the first Showcase Showdown) and theirs (8am) is mildly different and doesn't quite jive.
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Moved out a couple of times actually. I hope to move out permently when I am 23
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I first moved out at age 21 with my girlfriend at the time, then moved back home when the relationship fell apart. Then i left home to travel the world for a bit, then moved back in with the parents when i came back to Oz with no money. I only lasted a couple of months with the olds and am now living in a house with a mate (at age 23).....it's much better this way.
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Originally posted by Joker@Jun 4 2006, 03:14 AM
At the end of the day, its nice to have to folks around, but we all know that my idea of a normal lifestyle (waking up around the first Showcase Showdown) and theirs (8am) is mildly different and doesn't quite jive.
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I moved out 'officially' when I was 19. Lived in a dorm during breaks for a year prior then lived with my dad for a few months when I was taking my little school break. Now I got my own place until next March, I'll worry about what's going on then. But I personally think 25 is too old. I hate going to a friends house and having to deal with their parents the whole time. All I have at my place is kitty and CindyLouWho the blowup doll, and neither of them bother anyone.
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ya'll are makin me want to move out... but im so broke i'd have to live in a cardboard box down under the freeway...
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I recently moved out at age 24. I've always thought once you've gone it's permanent so I wanted to make sure. It was good to get uni and a backpacking trip out of the way first too.

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