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Just wanted to get a sense of how many 20 somethings are still at home living with their parents. Stuck btwn wanting to stay home and save on rent/expenses and also feel like I’m missing out by not living in a big city with young ppl. I’m 26 btw and job is remote so urge to move is limited but I literally have no friends lol. But Covid is still a thing and prob will be a thing so not sure what to do. Thoughts/suggestions?

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Ugh I feel this so much I felt like I wrote it. Honestly it depends on where you live. I love cities and my parents live in the burbs so for me it's important that I have some place to explore and enjoy after work cause otherwise I'm just sitting on my ass doing nothing. I'm a total hermit at home and total socialite when I'm not so post covid aka this fall im moving out. My priorities are social life and travel and I can thrive on both those things living alone so I'm taking the plunge

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I don’t think I can say which one I prefer because I was in such a different stage of my life in each one. When I was in nyc, I had a in-person cohort-based job, which I greatly preferred to what I currently have, which is technically work from anywhere but not many people go into the office. So I miss nyc a lot. I can compare them on some key metrics tho:
—Rent is slightly higher in nyc, but wages are s o much higher that financially you’re better off in nyc than in London
—London has a lot more green space and is lower density
—Public transport is better in london but more expensive
—London feels more pedestrian friendly
—Traveling is a lot cheaper from london than from nyc
—I think eating out is generally cheaper in london but there were more really cheap, really good places in nyc
—More spicy food in nyc
—Londoners are far more polite than New Yorkers
—NYC is much more dirty
— both have a lot of beautiful architecture but london is much older and more historic. Flip side is because of the blitz, nyc has way fewer ugly 1960s buildings than in london
—long or medium distance train travel is much better and easier from london
— London is much quieter. NYC feels more buzzy. Of course, YMMV but these are my observations

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Depends which is more important to you - getting to a higher net worth quicker or chilling with friends more than usual.
If chilling with friends or finding friends was that important to you, you would have done it already even while living with your parents.

I lived with mine from age 25-30

Went from -100K financial net worth to ~$300K as of today

And it’s about to go up more quickly here soon

The question really is what are you willing to give up to accelerate your dreams/destiny

As others said, some work arounds is exploring more solo, traveling, just getting out of the house to do regular things. It doesnt have to be some big travel trip or partying with friends

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Remain at home with parents but ramp up your solo travel. You can also do group travel. Avoid paying rent in this market. At least use your money in a meaningful way that doesn’t tether you to a lease. Just my advice.

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You're only in your 20s once! I moved cities when I was 18 and it was really hard at first but ended up being the best thing I ever did. Do I wish I stayed at home a bit longer to save money? Of course! But I managed to budget and save whilst still enjoying myself. If you don't end up having a good time, you can always go back to your parents and re-assess. Life's too short!

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I loved living independently away from my parents. They are great, but they will always treat you as a someone to be cared for - at least my mom was like that. Plus, I just couldn’t be myself or have a romantic life with my parents under the same roof. It’s really important to learn how to maintain and budget your living expenses and home - and also make mistakes and learn from them. Having the “crutch” of parents delays adult responsibility IMO.

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I’m gonna second this — I’m 27 and have never lived at home after my first summer after college but whenever I go to my parents’ house I definitely revert.

Also just want to put it out there that there’s nothing wrong with choosing to spend more money to live outside your parents’ house if you feel like it’s enriching your life. So long as you’re making good progress towards saving for your life goals — and since you’re in tech, I imagine you probably are. Sometimes I feel like people treat life like it’s a game where you need to accumulate as much wealth as possible as fast as possible. Remember, you can’t take it with you. Unless one of your life goals is retire very early, I think it’s fair to say “I’m going to spend this money on rent because I think it will help me feel happier, more satisfied and more sociable.” (So long as you’re still being financially responsible of course!)

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Stay home for a few year. Save up for down payment on home. If that isn’t your thing invest in the stock market. Your 40 year old self will thank you. Other option is get to roommates in the city.

Friends department, join groups like social sports groups and meet up groups. Getting an apartment is not going to magical create friends.

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I lived at home for a year between living abroad and moving to NYC in my mid-20s. It helped me save up enough money to have a solid foundation to make the move and not worry too much about money while I looked for a job. I’ve been here over a decade now, and am really glad I made the move.

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Just turned 27 and I still do. I’ve saved so much money over the years I’m now spending on traveling. It also allowed me to quit my job last year to pivot into tech. I feel super lucky but I think it’s maybe time to get my own place soon 😂

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Yea I think after a certain point aka 2 years it might be time 😂😂 but the $$ is super nice and since it was during a pandemic we didn’t feel like we missed out by being at home!

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I live at home and I don’t plan on moving out for a couple of years. If you have a car, then staying at home isn’t an issue. Plus with an apartment, you’re losing money whereas with a house, the value appreciates.

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you can always travel with the money you've saved up, join a club sports or not, make friends, go places!

you don't have to travel with friends, do some short solo traveling, you'll feel better

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If you're feeling you're missing out then you should give office work a chance. I know it sounds different from all the other answers but you will still have the remote option. Just check it out. These things come out differently for different people. Choosing remote work isn't wrong but neither is going to the office. You just have to find whatever suits you best. Also making friends becomes easier when you're surrounded by people who have had similar experience.

Well at Google its hybrid starting from today. 3 days wfo rest wfh which isn't great either. I think pulling off hybrid isn't easy. However we have the option to come to the office any day and there has been no mandate for attending the office yet. Still people have the option to defer their return or even opt for permanent remote based on special cases and needs. Google promotes a healthy office culture and that's why I am really looking forward to it. I guess that makes me a bit more biased in this debate 😅

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I’m living at home and saving so much money!

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