Moving away from home and to a place closer to school is nerve wracking and exciting. It comes with increased freedom and new responsibilities that is usually unknown to your high school self. It’s the moment in your life where you begin walking on your own path to adulting. It’s not always going to be easy, so here are some of the best tips to help you survive your freshie days:

1. Budget – but make it realistic

Managing finances can seem like a boring thing only titos and titas do, but being wise with your money at a young age is something you will be thankful for in the long run. Knowing how you spend your money can save you the hassle of having to eat pancit canton five days in a row before your next baon arrives.

Start small! Create a realistic monthly budget that fits your needs. Know how much you are spending for bills, savings, dues/subscriptions, daily living expenses, transportation, personal, and entertainment. By tracking these, you can adjust your budget moving forward to one that will make Kiyosaki proud of you.

2. Know the rules

Moving into a new place is really fun! You finally have your own space and freedom to do whatever it is you want. But before you take a dive, make sure you fully understand your apartment building’s regulations.

This is an obvious thing that a lot of people miss, understandably so. The excitement sometimes makes you forget the little details, so go over your lease contract and write down all the questions you may have. Discuss these with your landlord or property manager so you keep yourself covered, and you know what to expect during your stay. Don’t forget to keep all your rent receipts too!

3. Communication is key

Sometimes new spaces come with new roommates who you’ll be living with for a considerable amount of time. You don’t want to go Hunger Games and be at each other’s throat, so it’s best to establish a good relationship at the start.

Communicate with your roomie, no matter how small you may think it is. Don’t be shy to discuss how bills will be divided, how you’ll be doing chores, and other shared responsibilities for your new place. Always remember that everything can be resolved if you talk to each other as calmly and clearly as possible.

4. Find a home for every single object you own

Tempting as it is to buy and hoard anything and everything, that’s just not simply feasible now that you are sharing a space with someone. Always make sure to keep your space clean and organized. Nothing is worse than finding something you owned lost in the abyss of your new apartment. Keeping things neat will also help you and your roomie keep track of which is which.

5. It takes a village to raise a person

College is the best way to meet and connect with new people! You can expand your social circle and get to know yourself more when you interact with people from different walks of life. Experience is the best teacher, isn’t it? So go out there and seize the day! Besides, maybe your new bestie is waiting to meet you at the next Rentalbee community event. Go out there and experience the world in its entirety!