University life can feel worlds away from high school. You’ve got a new and much bigger campus full of unfamiliar faces, and adding to that is the fact that some of us have to go through the major milestone of living alone for the first time. If you’re coming from outside of Cairo or don’t want to make the painful journey from 6th of October to New Cairo daily, you may want to find your own apartment or settle into your university’s dorms. Moving out of your mom and dad’s place can seem scary, but we’re here to help by letting you in on the essentials to making it on your own. Favourite menu
Personalise Your New Home with Furniture and Art
There’s no place like home, so make sure that you create a living space you feel comfortable going back to every night. If adding some funky furniture and decor makes the room come alive, then go for it! Whether you head to places like Ikea or Home Centre for some new additions or shop locally, you’re sure to feel happier after adding your own touch. Check out shops like Catfish for crazy mirrors, coffee tables and chairs or get one of a kind tableware from Jazeel.
Learn to Cook
It may be tempting to just order fast food every night, but trust us it is not good for your wallet or your health. If you’ve never cooked a proper meal in your life before, there are places that will help with meal prepping, like the iconic El-Dahan which sells ready to grill meals. It’s also important to remember that you’re now grocery shopping for one instead of a whole family, so don’t over purchase or else you’ll end up throwing away more than you can eat.
Be Safe and Take Extra Measures
Unfortunately, living alone can be dangerous, especially for young women. There are some extra precautions you can take to help protect yourself, such as having the locks in your home changed. You can also install security cameras to give you peace of mind.
One of the scariest parts of living by yourself is loneliness. That’s why forming connections with the people around you is so important. Get involved with clubs at your university, talk to the people next to you in classes or try to form a bond with your neighbours, especially if you’re living in student housing. Universities even organise events for students in dorms to help socialise.