Everyone leaves home at some point. For many, that time may be just after high school, when they go away to college. In this case, there's still a connection to the home of childhood. But when individuals finally have their own home—an apartment or even a rented house—there are many unforeseen benefits that accompany the challenges of living independent of parental care and the restriction of someone else's rules. This article discusses several of these perks, and offers advice on how to traverse potentially difficult situations.