After you graduate from college, a major expense you'll face is housing. While you were in school, you probably had that expense generously covered by your parents. And even if you did pay for your own room and board in college, finding a place to live was relatively easy while you were in school. Everything about university housing, from the package residency deals and meal plans to the lottery system that determines where you'll live each year, is much simpler and less expensive than housing in the real world.

However, there are plenty of resources that can help you in your quest to find a place to live after graduation.

Think about what sorts of factors will influence your relocation. Did you find a new job? Do you have some friends who have invited you to move across the country with them? Do you just feel like you need a bit of time to collect yourself before moving on with your life? Whatever your concerns, your post-graduation plans will determine the specifics of your search for a house or an apartment. If you haven't finalized these yet, you should consider your living situation to be a temporary one until you can formulate a good plan.

Ask yourself these questions: Do you want to live with roommates or alone? Are you looking to buy or rent? Do you like small cozy spaces or large airy ones? Do you want to live in the middle of a big city or a more rural area? Having some idea of your preferences will significantly narrow your search, thus making it much easier.

Here are some options to consider:

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