Learn How To Choose A Great Off-Campus Apartment While You Are In College

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When you are in college, living on campus can sometimes be a drag because there are so many rules and regulations that you have to follow. If you want to be able to have more freedom, consider moving off campus, into an apartment rental. When searching for an apartment to move into, it is important to take some things into consideration before choosing one apartment over another apartment. Use the guide below to learn what things you should consider before renting an apartment off campus.

Consider the Location 

The first thing you need to consider is the location of the apartment. You want to be sure that it is not so far away from your college that it makes it difficult for you to be able to get to your classes on time. You do not want to have to sit in traffic for a long time waiting to get to and from classes, as well. Learn about the traffic routes coming and going from the school to any apartment you are considering before agreeing to rent one apartment over another apartment to ensure that the residence is close enough to your college to make yourself comfortable.

Consider the Accommodations

When you move off campus, your finances may be greatly affected by the cost of the apartment. You want to choose an apartment that has as many accommodations as possible so that you can cut down on your other expenses. Look for an apartment complex with a gym so you do not have to pay a gym membership. Look for one with parking so that you do not have to pay for parking meters or permits. Search for a gym with washing machines and dryers in the apartments so that you do not have to take your laundry somewhere to wash it.

Consider How Much the Apartment Will Really Cost

Many college students forget to take other costs into account when assessing if they can or cannot afford an apartment. You need to remember that you have to pay for the electricity, the water, and possibly the sewage for the apartment, depending on where you live. These costs add up quickly so you need to be sure to take them into account before renting an apartment to make sure that you can afford it.

If you want to cut down on costs, you could always rent the apartment with a roommate. Be sure that the person is someone you mesh well with to ensure that you will get along when living together. Make sure that you both sign the lease on the apartment so you are equally responsible for the rental.

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2 September 2016

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.