How Old Were You When You Moved Out?

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    Jun 20, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    How old were you when you moved away from home? Did you move out of state? Did you have roomates? Did your parents help you pay the rent if you were still in college? Just wondering...
  • rnch

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    Jun 20, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    believe it or not, i was in my 30's before i finally moved out of mom & dad's house. 3 colleges, 4 different short term majors and dropping out twice pushed back getting a college degree in something employable in the "Real World", as did my love for older, classic cars that my parents also enjoyed.

    i was the last child at home, on the other side of a larger than average house from them, with my own private entrance and driveway. mom & dad knocked out a wall between 2 bedrooms to give me as much space (if not more!) than most 1 bedroom apartments, with my own separate bathroom.

    the folks and I could go days without seeing each other.

    as i did all the yard work, maintained their cars, did quite a bit of the cooking and most of the laundry; they refused to accept rent money from me.

    thanks to this arrangement, i was able to accumulate a hefty down payment for my first house.

    although he never said so in so many words; i suspect my father was somewhat insulted/disappointed when i finally did move out for good.
  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 20, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    I was 18 when I moved out. Got a bar-tending gig and moved into a small bachelor pad. Those were some of the best years of my life!
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    Jun 20, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    I was 17. Freshman year of college at University of Miami, living in the "960" dorms. I was on full scholarship. I had two roommates: One fled before school started. The other went insane shortly after moving in with me and just "disappeared" one day. I was about 35 miles from "home", and less than 2 miles from "Uncle Charles", "The Hole", and "CBC Miami".

    I was way too young and debauched to be cavorting with the men and terrorizing the gay establishments...but Miami is still standing and nobody went to jail.
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    Jun 20, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    18 when I went to college, 1500 miles away. Didn't like becoming an architect, though, and returned home. At 20 I enlisted in the Army, and never went back home to live permanently.
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    Jun 20, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
    Moved out at 19. Went to US Navy Boot Camp in Orlando, FL.
    Didn't go to college 'till age 31, and glad I waited. I was already making as much or more than most of the professors, and called them out on their shit when they tried to treat me like I was fresh out of high school. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    which time?
  • jgymnast733

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    Jun 20, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    17,
    I went to college in connecticut and when i returned i worked and moved to the east side with 2 room-mates...Thank God i live alone now...
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    Jun 20, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    18. I got a job at the bank and found a 1 bedroom ground floor apt in a house.

    Bill was 18 when he moved out, but he took an apartment on the top floor of a house. Odd synchronicity, eh?

    -Doug
  • masculumpedes

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    Jun 20, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    23.....moved in with my very first boyfriend. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
    21, After finishing high-school, I stayed home while doing my civil-service with the Red Cross. I moved to Cologne for my apprenticeship, first into a dorm, where I shared a room with another guy and a flat with 3 more. 6 months later my roomie and I moved into our own little 2 bed-room apt. I continued to drive 'home' to my parents every weekend for the first year, but those intervals got longer and longer after I managed my coming out 12 months after moving out. For the first 2 years my parents supported me a little financially, because my apprentice's salary was rather small, but after I started to earn a decent salary that wasn't necessary any more.

    My roomie moved out after the apprenticeship was over and I kept the apartment until I moved to the US. For 10 years I had the place to myself and it was awesome.
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    Jun 21, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    I moved to Germany when I was 20 and stayed there for a year. No roommates, but I lived in a dorm and was on my own financially (I had a scholarship).

    I returned home and stayed ten months to finish college, then went to graduate school in another state. Dorm life again for a couple of years, but no roommates and I was on grant money so I was financially independent again. I've been on my own since then.
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    hopefully 19 icon_biggrin.gif *crossesfingers* XD
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    21, moved into my own apartment in manhattan from the burbs of chitown, paid all my bills too.
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    I graduated from high school at 17 and went to college 90 minutes away, living with various roommates in the dorms for three years, and then off-campus with five guys in a house for the last year and a half. No scholarships, my parents very graciously paid my college, and we were poor farmers. Didn't realize how good I had it.
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    I was sent to the recuriters office a week after graduating high school. I was signed into the military at 17 by my folks and I've been here since.

    All in all, it wasn't a bad move. I left home and learned about the world my parents shielded/"protected" me from.
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said21... moved into a high rise with a friend. Then met a sexy man at 25 in a nicer high rise across the way and like Weezie.. I was moving on UP...icon_cool.gif


    Weezie stuck by Georgie from the bottom up however icon_lol.gif lol
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    After I came back from college I stayed at my grandmothers house for a few months then moved back home with my parents at 23. I moved out 6 months later and lived with some college friends for a few years. Moved back home at 25 where I stayed for 3 years. I finally moved out for good at the age of 28.
  • calibro

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    Jun 21, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    i was seventeen and moved into a dorm for college in los angeles. from there i moved to new zealand, austin, and finally montana. my parents never paid a dime for any of my moves, my education, or my living expenses.
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMoved out at 19. Went to US Navy Boot Camp in Orlando, FL.
    Didn't go to college 'till age 31, and glad I waited. I was already making as much or more than most of the professors, and called them out on their shit when they tried to treat me like I was fresh out of high school. icon_lol.gif


    i'm gonna need to see you in my office hours, and please shut the door behind you when you come in icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    right after high school

  • Celticmusl

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    Jun 21, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    19 when I moved onto campus. Then again moved back home in my twenties to help take care of my mother battling bone cancer. Then again in my early thirties to help my dad after a second hip replacement and a triple bypass. The youngest child seems to get that type of burden more often, but I'm glad I was able to be there for them.
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    I moved out of my parents' house in Japan and moved to Seattle for college when I was 17.
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    I went to college at 18 for a year and then moved back in. Then I moved out again for a year by myself when I was 21. Then I moved back out when I bought my first house at 25. Then moved back in to take care of my dad when he got sick. I was 34. Stayed in that house with my mother and took care of the yard and the house for her as she lived in Arizona a lot of the year. Moved out again at 40 and have been out since. Never had a room mate unless you call my mom one.
  • oursirpeace

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    Jun 21, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    On the day I turned 18. By "out" I mean OUT, out of the country, to the other side of the world.