I moved out when I was 22. Bought my own place. It was a brand new 1 bedroom condo (I still own it but don't live in it). It cost $150000 (west coast of Canada just outside of Vancouver). I was probably making (net) about $2200 a month. I put 5% down. I didn't have another job and I wasn't going to school. Hope this helps. Great question by the way and I really respect you for asking questions. That is the BEST way to get a real sense of what it will be like. Because it costs more than you think (at least initially to get set up). I wish you all the best and if you have any other questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them :)
I was 18 when I moved out, and I was totally unprepared for it. It was a split-second decision after a huge blow-out fight with my mom. <br />
I had a friend who rented a 3 bedroom house with a full finished (one bedroom) ba<x>sement, and she offered to let me move into the ba<x>sement and pay half the rent (about 300 bucks a month). So my boyfriend and I did that. It wasn't perfect- there was a cement floor, so we laid down huge area rugs everywhere, and the bathroom was tiny and had only a shower stall (I was used to having a bathtub). It was freezing in winter and pleasantly cool in summer. But at the time it was heaven- my bf and I finally had some privacy and some independence. <br />
We pretty much lived paycheck to paycheck. We both worked at a factory making about 8 bucks an hour. But we got by. It was definitely a learning experience. But we had lots of fun too. I'd do it again.
My boyfriend and i moved out when we graduated high school... we got an apartment neither of us could afford (i guess we thought we deserved a nice place lol) so our parents had to help out a lot. We ended up breaking up. One thing i can tell you for sure - DON'T pick an upstairs apartment where the ceiling is real high! You know what i mean, like the ceiling was tilted, as where an apartment on the first floor would have had a flat accross ceiling... no we had to have the pretty apartment with the huge ceiling. (LOL) We paid so much for heating, and yet we STILL had to sit by the heater to stay warm. It was nuts. The room was just too big! I still hate myself for that decision.
I moved out a week before my 17th birthday. I already graduated high school. And moved in with my boyfriend (who was 21) in his house.
I moved out at 15. was a picnic shed in a national park. ummm utilities werent much. lol
I styed with my parents till got married @ 30. Then moved to work as as an nurse in a company mining town, whete the house was provided by the company for a symbolic fee.
I moved out when I was 18 on my own.
I feasted on Ramen Noodles for a year. :/
Its not so bad. Lol.