I’ve seen a few of these, but I’m throwing mine in the mix as well. I’m currently a freshman, and have been with my SO since the summer of my senior year (a little over a year as I’m writing this) and lately we’ve been talking about moving in together in between the spring and summer semesters. We both have jobs, and have estimated we can afford a cheapy little apartment. He has bills of his own, and is good about getting them paid and still having money left over. However, he isn’t getting any type of parental support. His college currently is supported entirely by his FASFA, student loans, and scholarships. My parents are supporting me at the moment, but if we do make the decision to move in together, I won’t ask them for help with the rent or anything like that.
We go to different universities, but have seen quite a few apartments that are in our price range as well as pretty much in the middle of our two schools. We both have cars, drivers licenses, insurance, everything we need to commute. He went to a junior college after high school, and commuted there and back every day anyway.
Is this even a good idea? I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been a spoiled brat all my life, but I’ve had a job since my freshman year of HS and have figured out how to budget, and have even helped him with his bills a couple times. We have talked about (and kind of started) building a little savings for us when/if we decide to do this, and have a plan in place about what we’re going to do with the money if we break up before then ( I say this to highlight that it would be easy to have a discussion as to what happens if we break up before we move in).
We’re from a town where this is actually relatively common, but they’re not us, and I’m throwing it out to you, people of the internet, before I talk to my parents about it. My sisters are supportive, but are making sure they’re warning me of all the things that could go wrong, and I’m hoping y’all could throw in your two cents as well.