By Sarah Schupp, UniversityParent
When it is time to start looking for your first off-campus apartment, you may feel excited and nervous at the same time. You’re probably ready to have your own space and something larger than just a shared dorm room with a Twin XL bed and mini-fridge. But while it is exciting to move off-campus, make sure you don’t rush your housing search.
Signing a lease is a really big step and serious commitment that requires careful research and thoughtful planning. Here’s how to get started with your search to find the perfect first apartment.
When you’re ready to move off-campus, before you even start looking at potential rentals, first consider these 3 questions in order to narrow down your search:
Here’s what you’ll need to consider in order to set your monthly rent budget:
Now that you’ve established your budget range, desired location, and prioritized a list of “must-have” amenities, you’re ready to start looking. There are so many online and offline resources available to help you with your search.
Whether you want a studio apartment or 4-bedroom home, cheap or luxury-loaded, ForRentUniversity.com lets you search and sort off-campus housing with ease by size, price, amenities and distance to campus.
First, find your college or university alphabetically or by state. From there, you’ll be able to view available student housing, and sort by price, number of bedrooms, amenities, and safety and privacy features. Click the heart icon in the top right corner of the listing to save apartments to your favorites list. Once you’ve found apartments that you like, just click the “Check Availability” button to request more information.
When you request more information, remember to be polite and professional in your communication. Remember that the property manager wants to find the right fit for their community too, and you want to make a great first impression.
Now that you’ve found a few apartments that you’d like to visit in-person, schedule a property tour. This should give you a better feel for what it will be like to actually live there. While it may seem like a ton of work to research apartments on the front end, be sure to put plenty of time and attention into this process to find the right fit for you.
Sarah Schupp is the founder of UniversityParent, the place for parents to find connection, support and information.
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