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Living at Home Quickly Becoming Social Norm

As students grow up, they are shown through media that living with their parents is an unpopular practice. To many it seems like they are not going through the natural cycle of becoming independent. Many believe if you are living at home you’re not achieving your full potential as an individual, but going back home is quickly becoming a social norm of the Millennial generation.

Recent studies have shown an increasing number of students moving in with their parents after graduation, and even during their college years. However, several students are saying now that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing––and they’re being backed up by experts.

In 2012, the number of college students and graduates living at home reached an all time high. According to the Pew Research Center, they are 21.6 million strong and counting.

More than 40% of what has been called “the boomerang generation” live at home, while less than a third of the baby boomer generation was already out of the house, according to a recent AARP survey. More than half of this group of 25 to 34-year-olds living at home don’t pay rent, according to a survey by Pew Social Research & Trends. The Pew survey found that more than 78% of Millennials living with their parents were satisfied with their living arrangements.

While student loans have increased, it is only one of several factors causing students to move back home. With student loans rising, it causes many students to come out of college without any money to put towards a place of their own. Many students do attempt to move forward, but with the lack of jobs in this economy it is becoming more and more difficult with the overall unemployment rate for recent college graduates at 7.9%, according to The Huffington Post.

International student Jack McCluskey is a freshman international student from Scotland majoring in sports management. He gave his view when asked if more students in Scotland stayed at home or lived in dorms when they attend school.

“In Scotland more students stay in dorms when they attend college than live at home. When they graduate a lot of students just get their own apartments,” the freshman sports management major said. “I think after college I will stay here instead of moving back home, there are way more opportunities here and nicer weather to golf in.”

Commuters save anywhere from 1,718 to 4,954 dollars per semester because they don’t need to pay for housing, according to UT’s residence life, room and board page.

Vontesha Williams, a junior and communications major, was able to answer questions on why living at home and commuting was the right option for her.

Students get to relax at home without the worries of rent, or noisy roommates. | Casey Budd/ The Minaret

“The fact that I live close to here was a main factor of why I decided to commute,” Williams said. “I also saved close to ten thousand dollars a year because I don’t live in a residence hall.  It’s nice coming home and seeing that your bed is made and that there is already a meal waiting for you, along with your family ready to talk about your day.”

Many parents have certain conditions for their college students to abide by like doing chores around the house or even paying rent for them to get a sense of what living in the real world is like.

“I’m really lucky that my parents don’t make me do chores or anything like that. It makes my life easier so I can just focus on my studies and prepare myself for my career,” Williams said.

As the years go by, studies show the amount of students who stay at home will continue to increase. With the economy in a rut and money being tight, moving back in with your parents seems as if it is a reasonable way to help save money which you can then put towards your future.

Khadijah Khan can be reached at khadijah.khan@spartans.ut.edu

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