I\'m 18 and I live with my parents and I\'m going to start uni in 2 months, I\'m trying to decide where to live... My options: A) Live with my parents, who will provide free accommodation, food, electricity, etc. I don\'t have to pay for anything and my parents will give me $150 a week. BUT my parents live 2 hours away from my university, so that\'s 4+ hours of travelling everyday, and bus fares cost about $100 per week. B) I can move out and live right next to my uni. If I live away from home I will receive some financial aid from the government, about $300 a week. I\'d have to pay for rent, electricity, food, etc. and this would cost about $200. If I stay with my parents I won\'t receive any financial aid. P.S. I know I shouldn\'t just rely on financial aid but I don\'t have a job, I\'ve been trying to get one but haven\'t been able to yet. Hopefully I will have one soon but I\'m trying to plan what might happen if I don\'t have a job. Also, if I decide to stay with my parents that makes it a lot harder to get a job. Employers near my uni don\'t want me because I live so far away and employers near my parents\' house don\'t want me because it takes me so long to travel back home...
You already know what you need to do. Take the financial aid and live on campus, then find a job.
Live away from home, other than long vacations.