Living at Home – it’s good, really!

June 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Living at Home

(Disclaimer: What I’m about to say in the following article will make me sound like a spoilt brat, but seriously, who doesn’t love home?)


Contrary to popular belief, where some believe that university life is only complete when you stay at university halls or share apartments with friends – basically when you move out of home and gain some independence – living at home is still a popular option among many university students.


Dreading the idea of having to stay at home because you’re not accepted into halls, or couldn’t rent an apartment? We understand – university, in its entirety, is about growing up, and to some, this means getting as far away from your parents as possible. But look on the bright side: living at home really isn’t as bad as it seems. In all honesty, living at home is a luxury.


#1 It’s’ (much) cheaper

To begin with, the obvious perk is it’s much cheaper to stay at home. As a university student, even for those with a part time job, living out can be quite costly. Rent, for one, can be a (huge) burden. Even if you have a part time job, it’s probably the case that a great portion of everything you earn goes to paying your rent. You may say that this is good to prepare you for the future, but if this is money you can save to do even more meaningful things, such as travelling, why not save it up and put it to good use elsewhere?


#2 Time

If you’re staying in halls, you’re most probably spending the majority of your time on hall activities, such as sports practices, rehearsals, house meetings and late-night dessert runs. True, they do teach you many a life lesson and help you grow as a person, but with all due respect, they can be extremely time-consuming too. Think of all the other things you can do when you’re not practicing hockey 10 hours a week…

As my fellow blogger Karen Cheung said in her article, your laundry won’t do itself. Nor will all the household chores, such as cleaning your bathroom and picking up stray hairs lying around the house. If you’re living in halls or sharing an apartment, you’ll probably spend most of your weekend doing your laundry and cleaning up the aftermath of that 3AM food-and-booze mini-party with your flatmates. If you’re staying at home, someone (your parents, or for those with the luxury, a domestic helper) will probably have taken care of all that (I’m not saying that you’re free from these responsibilities if you’re staying at home; my point is that there will be extra help when you need it). Think of all that extra time you’ll save, especially during exam season.


#3 Food

The beauty of living at home is that there will (always) be food. By that I mean warm, hearty, home-cooked food by the sweet madre. Given the busy schedule of a university student, as much as you want to, cooking your own meals may be difficult. You’ll probably just stick with takeaway that are overly salted, sweetened, MSG-ed and/or greasy, not because you like it or it tastes good, but for the mere convenience of it.


Secondly, living at home will mean that you’ll also probably be enjoying the luxury of always having a well-stocked fridge and pantry with food that you like, without having to label every single item of yours, fearing that your flatmates/floormates will “borrow” them from you (without returning).



#4 You’ll stay healthier

We all know that it’s important to eat healthy, live healthy and stay that way, but apart from the few really fit weeks at the beginning of the year, I bet you’re back to your usual binge eating / hardcore drinking / hardcore partying / no-gym routine. Not making any judgment here, and yes, I understand. These things are hard to resist when you’re a busy university student living outside home with a hectic schedule. Yes, you may live really near the campus gym or the Flora Ho Sports Centre, but you simply don’t have the time and energy to stay healthy.


In that case, staying at home will probably help you stay healthier too. Assuming la chef e madre cooks for you, your diet will be healthier – with less sodium, sugar and MSG invading your system. (Not to mention the good ol’ Chinese soup that keeps your skin and body healthy)


On top of that, under the “supervision” of your parents, you’ll probably go out less, too. If that’s not really the case, at least there won’t be random people hitting your crib with booze and music, starting a party, when you have an essay to finish and the deadline is in 30 minutes.


Trust me, staying at home really will help you stay healthy.


#5 Family – they’re technically obliged to like (and love) you

Finally, let’s get real: you love your family, and you probably should make an effort to show it. Moving out would be fun and you’ll learn a lot from it, but you’ll probably do that later in life anyways – so why not spend more time with your family when you still can? I will not deny the fact that the abrasions and fights do exist between parent and children, and living together will probably intensify them, but on the brighter side, isn’t this the entire point of a family? You fight about the littlest of things, but at the end of the day, you’re still glad that you have each other, especially at times when you just need that extra support or word of encouragement. This is going to make me sound like a jerk, but really, you’re a family, and your family members are “obliged” to like and love you – and don’t you, too?


#6 Stay Involved

I acknowledge some reasons that keep some of you from staying at home, but really, you can make staying at home work. Afraid that you’ll miss out on important stuff at school when you stay at home? Here are a few things that you can do.


One of the best ways to stay involved is to be a part of the university’s societies and clubs. Join a sports team – the weekly practices will keep you strongly bonded with your teammates. Apart from that, don’t immediately run off after lectures. Stick around your classmates after class and go for that post-lecture/seminar drink. This way, you’ll be spending more time with them and staying involved in uni happenings.

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