Moving out of home to attend TAFE or university is a big step. For some it's an exciting time, a rite of passage. But for others, the thought of leaving home seem like more than you can handle. So how can you decide when is the right time to leave the nest?
The first question you have to answer is do you want to move away, or would you rather stay close to home?
According to Top Universities some of the biggest pros of staying at home including saving money and taking advantage of a built-in support network (plus there's the added benefit of getting to enjoy mum and dad's cooking). That being said, the time and financial cost of commuting to uni/TAFE can quickly add up and start eating into your precious study and socialisation time. You may also experience a feeling of isolation from your fellow classmates and may miss out on that typical study experience.
On the other hand, moving out has a lot of benefits. Like Year 13 says, you'll likely be closer to your TAFE or university campus and part-time job, plus you'll get some privacy and have a chance to foster your independence. The flip side is it can be more expensive, you'll likely miss out on some of the luxuries of your childhood abode, and you may struggle to find an appropriate adulting balance (pizza for breakfast anyone?).
The second and sometimes more important question is do you need to leave home?
If you want to have an on-campus experience, you'll first have to find out if your preferred TAFE or university has a location near you. TAFE Queensland has more than 50 locations across the state, so chances are you can kick start your career with us — whether you want to stay at home or spread your wings.
But even if there's not a location near you it's still possible to have the best of both worlds. If you don't want to leave home or need to work while studying, TAFE Queensland offers a range of flexible study options. Our online courses give you access to TAFE Queensland's huge range of resources and the flexibility to study when and where you want. Mixed mode study (also known as blended or hybrid learning) combines classroom, online, and other modes of study. For example, you might complete the bulk of your work online then attend block training once a semester. Or if you're after a hands-on career you can earn while you learn by completing an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Finally, can you afford to leave home to study — whether you want to or not?
Moving out can be expensive. Of course there's rent and bond to consider, but don't forget about additional costs such as furniture, electricity, internet and groceries. You'll have to quickly learn how to budget, shop smart, and most likely live and get along with housemates. Year 13 has some great advice on how you can cut costs if you're moving out of home for the first time.
If you're moving out of home to study, then one of the biggest costs could be the study itself. At TAFE Queensland there are a range of payment options, concessions, subsidies, loans, and scholarships you may be eligible for to assist you with the cost of your course.
If you're eligible, there are also a range of Centrelink student payments available that can help with both the cost of living and study including Youth Allowance (for students under 24) Austudy (for students over 25), and ABSTUDY (for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students). If you're studying one of our degrees and are receiving one of these payments you may also be eligible for a relocation scholarship or student start-up loan.
Whatever you're interested in and whatever your situation, TAFE Queensland can set you on the path to success.