Fall in Love with Off Campus Housing

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For many students, college is a small incubator where they get to test out real life skills in a relatively small and protected environment. One way to do this is by renting student housing apartments once they become upperclassmen and moving off campus into off campus student housing. Naturally, the ability to do this is restricted by campus guidelines, the affordability and safety of the area, and the student’s own desire to do so, but it can be a useful lesson. Renting student housing apartments is generally cheaper than renting an actual apartment and is generally based close to the college itself. Student rentals are a great way to ease into the process of signing leases, maintaining a home, and paying bills.

When Might A Student Want to Look Into Off Campus Apartments?
Usually, most colleges only allow their students to go off campus as upperclassmen–that is, juniors and seniors. For students who want or require more privacy, off campus living is an ideal solution. Instead of sharing a bedroom or a suite with one to five other people, you instead can have your own room, bathroom, and living area. Other students may want to live with friends in a more relaxed setting and continue to live with a good number of people after they move off campus. Student apartments can often be cheaper than paying room and board at a college; another factor students consider when choosing housing.

What Should A Student Be Aware Of When Renting or Leasing?
It’s important to always go look at the place the student want to rent or lease before agreeing to sign anything. If there’s water damage, mold, or appliances that don’t work, it’s good to know that before moving in. It can be indicative of the care the landlord takes of his or her place and how responsive they might be if the student calls for help. Additionally, a check for damages or issues and taking pictures of any that someone finds is a good way to prevent being financially responsible for those damages at the end of the lease.

Do the research. Know exactly what the student is responsible for during their time at the apartment–do they have to shovel snow or mow the lawn? Water plants? Does the landlord take care of all of that? Are utilities, Internet, and TV channels written into the cost of the lease or must students make arrangements for those amenities separately?

Additionally, always plan for a little extra. Sometimes extra costs come up, like security deposits, renovation of a room, utility bills, etc., and it’s always good to have a little extra set aside, just in case. It keeps you paying your bills on time and looking responsible and eases financial stress.

All in all, living in student housing apartments can be an incredible adventure with friends or a quiet retreat from the madness of college alone. It’s a great way to hone cooking and cleaning skills and take pride in your own little space. In many places, it’ s also an excellent way to save a few thousand dollars in room and board. Consider taking your student to look at off campus housing options during visits.

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