26/27, I had been working full time for a year (after an extended study period with working part time).
I paid rent when I stopped studying and worked full time. My dad was working overseas for most of that time so I think she was happy to have me there. I Also got married at 26 and the wife was still studying so we only moved out at the end of her studies.
Its a big house so had our own space to live and so it wasn't bad. I was also completely financially independent when I moved out, a lot of people who move out often do it with an allowance or some kind of financial link to their parents. (Medical aid/insurance etc)
Been an interesting time since.. went back once after being unemployed for a bit after a year and half and was preparing for a move north. If i earned decently i'd be abroad already but unfortunately you need to earn x to qualify to for a visa back then (with degree) and have a massive deposit which is possible when your income don't cover living.
This go round (global recession) i finally have the experience and earning potential to qualify for a visa outright besides the fact that companies actively recruit abroad albeit limited. Hopefully i get to live abroad and experience a good economy with good employment prospects for once in my life.
living with parents from birth including
12 school years
1 year of college
2 years army
3 years work/study - saved up and bought all my household stuff plus motorbike & car while living with parents and still paying board & lodging.
left home at 24yrs.
Moved out at 18 to go study in Stellenbosch, about 500k's from home in a nice flat thankful it wasn't res cause I wouldn't have been able to pull the girls I did if it wasn't for that flat. I'm 25 now and haven't been home apart from the odd visit here and there. It's honestly been the best years of my life so far.
I moved to Durban at 22 for work. Spent 5 years there. Moved back into parents place at 27.
Its a huge place, too big for them. and it would be silly to pay rent etc for a seperate place. I contribute to the household obviously