One of the best ways to improve your college experience is to look for off campus housing. There are many benefits of living within campus housing, chief of which is reduced cost. However, if your budget allows, nothing matches the off campus living experience. The most obvious benefit of off campus living is that you have more freedom to live your life as you want to. Even if you will be sharing the apartment with roommates, you are in control of the people you will be sharing your living space with. You also get to sample adult life experiences which you will benefit from once you finish your studies.
Are you about to start school? Here are some tips on how to score off campus apartments and have a pleasant experience in your new apartment.
- Start early
You need to remember that you are not the only person looking to get off campus apartments. Hundreds (possibly thousands) of your schoolmates will be on the hunt for off campus housing. With limited good options on the market, you need to begin your house hunt at least one month before school resumes in order to get the chance of getting the apartment of your dreams.
- Know what you want
This is a key rule in house hunting. You need to have a clear understanding of the type of apartment you want, and the budget that you are working with. This allows you to narrow down the options that will appeal to you.
- Contact your institution’s office for Off campus housing
Virtually all colleges have an office of off campus housing where home owners list the apartments they are offering students. Apart from the listings that they have, the office personnel will give you important tips on which neighborhoods to target or which renters have given previous student tenants a horrible experience.
- Shop Around
Don’t be afraid of doing the leg work to find your dream off campus apartment. Walk around your preferred neighborhoods and contact realtors operating in these neighborhoods. Don’t fail to check out online house listings, they usually contain some hidden gems from individual renters.
- Research the neighborhoods
There are two main things that you need to consider when evaluating a neighborhood. First of all, it needs to be close to your college. It is easier to participate in group work with your colleagues staying in campus housing if you are in close proximity to them. Secondly, you need to ensure that you are living in a safe neighborhood. Safety is the most important factor to consider when choosing a neighborhood.
- Know the amenities offered by your potential landlord
You also need to find out which amenities are offered by any potential renter. One of the most important amenities to consider is parking space. Another amenity most campus goers need is washing machines. Depending on your needs, and budget, you might require additional amenities such as a gym and a swimming pool.
If you follow these tips, there is no reason why you shouldn’t land a cool apartment just around campus!