Work out a budget to see how much money you need each month to pay the rent and buy what you need – including food and utilities like electricity, gas and water. It also good to think about saving some extra money for emergencies.
If you are leaving home because of family conflict or abuse, you might be able to stay at a shelter, if you cannot resolve the conflict. Leaving home is easier if your family will assist and support you in making the move. If your immediate family will not support you, you might have friends or relatives who will.
If you are under 18 and moving out, you may find it difficult to rent a house or sign a lease because of your age. You may need an adult (relative or friend) to cosign a lease with you, so they share the responsibility for ensuring the property is taken care of and you are paying your rent on time.
If you are 18 or older, have a stable income and are planning to leave home, you can probably either move into shared housing with friends or look into renting your own place. If you’re going to university, you may also have the option of going into halls of residence with other students.
When you begin to plan leaving home, it is a good idea to think through the consequences, as well as your needs, such as: have you found somewhere else to live, are you leaving because of conflict, do you have enough money to support yourself, and who will support you in making the move?
Sometimes people first think about leaving home if they are in conflict with their parents, where the thought of leaving seems easier than resolving the conflict. For others, it might be the need for more space or privacy, or to go to school, get a job, move, get married or live with a partner.