If you are in the market for off-campus student housing, there are many important things to consider. There is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming! This blog post will offer tips for finding an apartment or house near your college campus and help you make a more informed decision about where to live.
Research the Neighborhood
Before settling into any rental, you’ll want to do some research about the area. Find out what’s nearby – grocery stores, coffee shops, businesses and restaurants – as well as how safe it is. If your college provides crime statistics for the neighborhoods in which its students live (or if this information can be found online), take a look to see if you’d be comfortable living in the area.
Know What You Can Afford
The first thing you’ll need to figure out is how much money you’re willing and able to spend on rent. Consider your monthly income, the cost of living away from home (and what that means for groceries, transportation costs), utilities, phone service and additional expenses like a security deposit or pet fee.
Find Out About Roommates’ Lifestyles and Habits
Ultimately, you’ll be living with other people who will have a significant impact on your experience. It’s important to know if they’re neat freaks or live for takeout and Netflix binges before choosing whether to co-sign the lease.
Read Reviews of the Apartment Complex Online
There’s a lot of information out there on what renters have to say about different apartments. You can find reviews from current residents as well as photos and videos that might make the complex look more inviting.