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Chris 04-17-2012 11:38 AM

Living Somewhere New by Yourself
 
Do any of you have any experience moving to a completely new place and not knowing anybody, living by yourself?

I'm thinking about trying for a 4-month co-op work term in BC next fall or summer. I'm unsure about it because I've never really went somewhere independantly on my own before (going to the same uni as a bunch of my friends from home). Advice would be much appreciated.

jeffb 04-17-2012 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Christopha (Post 636863)
Do any of you have any experience moving to a completely new place and not knowing anybody, living by yourself?

I'm thinking about trying for a 4-month co-op work term in BC next fall or summer. I'm unsure about it because I've never really went somewhere independantly on my own before (going to the same uni as a bunch of my friends from home). Advice would be much appreciated.

When I was 18 i moved out of the house from Welland to Niagara Falls and I knew nobody and had no car. I had a job and within a couple weeks I had a girlfriend. If you're going there for co-op work you'll meet people pretty quickly. I would say do it, you'll be nervous at first but the experience will likely be well worth it and if you don't do it you'll probably always wonder if you should have. How old are you?

Chris 04-17-2012 12:13 PM

I'm 19, I'll be turning 20 in the fall. If the money's right and I actually get the job I'm going to take it. Hoping that the company I'm trying with will help with airfare/cost of living like a lot of companies do with co-op students in order for me to still save money for my next terms of school.

'trane 04-17-2012 12:18 PM

if it's bc, buy a bag of weed and you'll make friends instantly... ;)

jeffb 04-17-2012 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by 'trane (Post 636868)
if it's bc, buy a bag of weed and you'll make friends instantly... ;)

Same goes if you ever move to Ottawa ;)

Windex 04-17-2012 12:38 PM

I've done this about 3 times now and it isn't as daunting as many people make it seem.

If you have to look for accommodation it isn't necessary to have a place before you go. just stay in a hostel for a week and look around. I don't know if they have it in BC but a share house is the cheapest rent option. Since you're going to be in the same country moving shouldn't be too difficult.

remember that things start to look a lot more expensive when you spend your own money rather than your parents :police:

Superjudge 04-17-2012 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Christopha (Post 636863)
Do any of you have any experience moving to a completely new place and not knowing anybody, living by yourself?

I'm thinking about trying for a 4-month co-op work term in BC next fall or summer. I'm unsure about it because I've never really went somewhere independantly on my own before (going to the same uni as a bunch of my friends from home). Advice would be much appreciated.

Its the best thing that will ever happen to you thus far in life. Total respect for you my friend, have a blast!

Gurk 04-17-2012 02:53 PM

I just moved to Ottawa this year for university and none of my friends were coming up here so I was all by myself. I am living in residence though so it was really really easy to make friends. Shouldn't be hard either way

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 636870)
Same goes if you ever move to Ottawa ;)

Haha so true. I would say my floor or atleast my side is the pot head side. Almost everyone smokes. It's awesome.

Barracuda 04-17-2012 03:20 PM

There's something amazing about a completely fresh start. And at your age, it's pretty much a perfect time for it.

Phil McCracken 04-17-2012 03:28 PM

I moved from Cayuga to Dunnville. I was scared shitless with my family being so far down the 3, but now I love it. Go Mudcats!

jeffb 04-17-2012 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Phil McCracken (Post 636906)
I moved from Cayuga to Dunnville. I was scared shitless with my family being so far down the 3, but now I love it. Go Mudcats!

Ha, Dunville....used to play hockey there. Hicksville! :D

jeffb 04-17-2012 03:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Gurk (Post 636902)
I just moved to Ottawa this year for university and none of my friends were coming up here so I was all by myself. I am living in residence though so it was really really easy to make friends. Shouldn't be hard either way



Haha so true. I would say my floor or atleast my side is the pot head side. Almost everyone smokes. It's awesome.


I lived in ottawa for 2yrs and I did more pot/shrooms in those 2yrs then I have the rest of my life combined. Lol

Gurk 04-17-2012 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 636910)
I lived in ottawa for 2yrs and I did more pot in those 2yrs then I have the rest of my life combined. Lol

Haha, I just started second semester. My marks went up. :cookie:

Renihan_00 04-17-2012 04:56 PM

Definitely recommend it, it's great to break out of your day to day routines and see what "another life" would be like.

It's only 4 months, if you hate it at least you know how lucky you are.

If you love it, a life time of experiences!

Beans 04-17-2012 08:59 PM

Many years ago I was in the computer science co-op at UVIC. I had a couple of work terms in Ottawa and a couple in Vancouver. Even if you don't save money from the work terms the experience helps you land a job after university. I think being in the co-op helped me a lot.

For the work terms in Ottawa somehow I wound up sharing a house with other co-op students from other universities who were all on work terms with the same company. I can't remember how that came to be though. The UVIC co-op must have set it up for me or something. When I worked in Vancouver I rented a cheap furnished apartment.

Working for a big company that has many co-op students is usually more fun than working for a small company where you are the only co-op student.

Chris 04-18-2012 08:11 AM

I'm going to apply on the job as soon as I get my mark from this work term back. My parents don't want me to, as I've already been offered a job with the government to go back home. However this job in BC pays 6$/hr more than the one home, and I'd get better experience and a life experience. Turns out the town that the job is offered in is actually where one of my best friends is living now, and he said I could probably live with him.

Parents are pretty gung-ho against it which sucks. They want me to stay in Newfoundland/Labrador because they don't think it's safe to go to BC on my own and want me to wait until after graduation to travel. However, I think getting paid to go somewhere awesome is a perfect opportunity, and I don't want to pass that up.

LOG 04-18-2012 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 636910)
I lived in ottawa for 2yrs and I did more pot/shrooms in those 2yrs then I have the rest of my life combined. Lol


Grizz 04-20-2012 05:46 PM

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However this job in BC pays 6$/hr more than the one home, and I'd get better experience and a life experience. Turns out the town that the job is offered in is actually where one of my best friends is living now,

Where in BC? I will give you a one sentence town review that I'm sure will make your life decision much easier, and will in no way be a cliche'd judgment based upon a single visit to said town.

Phil McCracken 04-20-2012 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 636908)
Ha, Dunville....used to play hockey there. Hicksville! :D

Where are you from?

Pelham? :)

jeffb 04-20-2012 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Phil McCracken (Post 637547)
Where are you from?

Pelham? :)

Nope, i'm from the big city.......Welland. lol


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