Things change fast in the life of a 19 year old with a bit of money in the bank!
Our young man decided to go ahead and move to the university town right away. So this weekend, I'm helping him cram his stuff (which he has wisely paired down...though unwisely added a 40" TV) in my car and taking him to his next home. He decided to go ahead and move to Seattle where he's going to go to school in the fall. He got a room at a rooming house sort of thing near campus. For about 500$/month he'll get a private room with shared bath and kitchen. Furniture provided. He can move out any time with 20 days notice. It's a 10 minute walk to the center of campus. This is 1/2 the cost of living in a triple dorm room and he won't have to be out during school holidays and summer breaks. He says he'll be looking for a job over summer. I hope he does but even if he doesn't, he'll be getting used to navigating around the city and campus, making connections with his housemates, and settling in to the city. I encouraged him to do volunteer work even if he can't find a paid job. It will add to his work experience and give a bit of structure to his time.
Some of his support group are still going over in August for the university orientation so we can check up on him then. I'm thinking of asking him to make contact at least once a week so we know he's doing OK or if he needs anything.
Having the rental reference from the campground where he lived for a year really helped him get this place. It was nice to see that what all us old ladies told him panned out right on schedule! We said he'd need that reference, and he did.
He got quite a bit of cash for graduation presents and says he's going to use a bit of it to get a bus pass for the rest of the summer. Good plan.
He's already made contact with people in the department where he will be studying and with an acquaintance from his childhood who is living and working over there so he's got a bit of a support system. I think the fellow residents of the rooming house will also be helpful. The place is 4 or 5 blocks from a grocery store. 2 blocks from a major bus stop, and 3 blocks from "the ave" where all the student focused businesses are. I'm kind of jealous!