If you decide that you actually can afford to strike out on your own, then finding a place to live will be your next task. Doing so isn't easy, but millions of other recent college graduates have successfully made the move so you can too. 

Because renting or buying a place to live is more complicated than selecting a dorm room, it requires a strong commitment on your part to keep up with all the details that must be attended to when you live on your own. 

You'll now be responsible for making all of your housing payments, either rent or a mortgage, as well as making sure you keep your utilities and other bills and taxes up to date. You will have to follow a budget more carefully. You should maintain at least a moderately clean home. You will have to cook for yourself or figure out what to eat. You have to do your own laundry. 

Living in your own place brings all these new responsibilities, but it also gives you an exciting sense of control. You don't have to answer to your parents, nor do you have to deal with housing regulations at a dorm. You can choose to have a roommate if you wish. This freedom can feel wonderful.

When you're on your own, you will want to consider these things:

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