It's official: those golden university days are coming to an end. As you write your final papers and prep for your last exams of undergrad, thinking about the future can be a bit daunting.
If, like many of us, you're planning to move back home after graduation, you might be feeling a bit anxious about moving back under your parents' roof after so long.
If you're like me, I think you'll find that living at home isn't as bad as you might expect. In fact, you might end up loving it. Between all of the things you don't have to pay for (rent in Toronto, for starters), it can be really nice to spend some time with your family after 4 years of freedom.
That said, there are a few things you'll need to get used to. Here are 17 things you can expect to happen when you move back home to Toronto after university.
1. You will miss having your independence.
After 4 years of living on your own, it will definitely take some getting used to having to text your Mom to let her know you're getting home late.
2. You will forget how to do basic tasks that you've been doing for the past 4 years.
Once you find yourself Googling how to make scrambled eggs, you'll know you've hit an all time low.
3. Going out requires a lot more coordination and planning.
Where are we preing? Where are we going out? Okay, there's a line, where should we try now? Who wants to split an expensive uber home?
4. You'll have to learn to be quiet coming back late at night.
They don't care if you're 22, it's probably best if Mom and Dad don't catch you coming in drunk at 5 AM.
5. Dating becomes insanely difficult.
If they don't have their own apartment, it's just not going to work out between you. And don't even get me started on having to text your Mom saying you're not coming home that night. Awkward.
6. Adjusting to a 9-5 schedule after having only 10 hours of class a week is brutal.
In the real world, you can't design your schedule so that you never have to wake up before 10.
7. Most of your friends will get jobs at startups in Liberty Village or on King West.
Though the Toronto job market definitely isn't thriving, the startup culture in the city is growing, and you'll probably find a bunch of your friends getting their first positions at a young company.
8. Commuting to work vs. commuting from your student home to campus is very different.
Remember when you could see the university library from your street? Get used to rush hour in Toronto, where a 40 minute streetcar ride is considered a short commute.
9. Staying in touch with university friends is harder than expected...
Between time differences, busy social lives and different work schedules, staying close with your BFFs across the country (and the world) is definitely going to take some effort.
10. ...But a bunch of them will probably end up making the move to the 6ix.
As the year goes on, many of your friends from smaller Ontario towns will probably make the move to the city, making your social life 10x better.
11. You will eat 1000x better than you did in university.
No more microwave pizzas for you! You have to admit, having a home cooked meal pretty much every night is kinda the best.
12. You'll realize how expensive it actually is to work out without the luxury of your university gym.
You are going to seriously miss the days when you didn't have to pay $25 for a spin class.
13. You'll be fielding questions from all your neighbours about what's next for you and what you're up to.
14. You won't have to pay for alcohol again.
Why would I walk to the LCBO when I can just take one of my parents' many bottles of wine that they're never going to drink?
15. Making last minute plans is no longer a thing.
Not only does it take me about 40 minutes to get downtown, but my parents need to know if I'm going to be home for dinner!
16. You'll feel insanely jealous visiting your friends' apartments in the downtown core.
Your own bathroom and a view of the CN Tower? This definitely tops my parents' basement.
17. But deep down, you know you're lucky that you have a free place to live and you're super grateful for your parents.
Living at home as an adult will definitely make you appreciate them in a way that you couldn't when you were a moody teenager. If you find yourself living at home after university, try to make the most of it by getting to know your family members in a new way.