Important Things to Consider When Choosing Off-Campus Housing

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To choose off-campus housing, keep some things in mind like the lease, utilities offered, whether the housing is furnished or unfurnished, neighborhood and more. To learn more about what you should consider, read the presentation.


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Important Things to Consider When Choosing Off-Campus Housing :

Important Things to Consider When Choosing Off-Campus Housing

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Moving off campus can serve as a rite of passage for many college students. Renting your first apartment properly introduces you to adulthood and adult responsibilities. However, successfully moving (and living) off campus requires some knowledge and planning. Carefully planning your move can make the process quicker, easier, and less stressful. To achieve this, however, you must know what to do and how to do it. Below are some things you should consider before moving off campus.

Understand the Lease:

Understand the Lease College student or not, most people find it difficult to understand a lease. This is because leases are usually long and complicated. However, you should learn and understand the finer points of your lease. For example: The length of the lease (short-term or long-term). Short-term leases are 6 months whereas long-term ones are 12 months. If there are additional fees

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Maintenance standards and procedures The rental rate and payment process Conditions for the security deposit Fees for amenities or additional services Make sure these points are clear before signing the lease. Also, make sure you request a walkthrough before the lease is even presented to you.

Consider All-Inclusive Housing :

Consider All-Inclusive Housing An all-inclusive apartment is a must-have for college students. All-inclusive basically means that the utilities are included in the rent. These utilities often include: gas, electric, cable, internet, garbage collection, and water. Although, free cable and internet are often a part of an amenities package. For most students, all-inclusive housing is easier, more convenient, and more affordable. Fortunately, most student accommodation is also all-inclusive, like the rooms and apartments found at Ezra-Bricker.

Decide Between Furnished and Unfurnished Housing:

Decide Between Furnished and Unfurnished Housing Both furnished and unfurnished student rooms for rent have their pros and cons, but the one you choose will depend on your budget and personal preferences. Generally, furnished apartments come with sofas or futons, chairs, beds, tables (of all types), dressers, desks, lamps, curtains, and other decorations – basically everything youneed . However, these apartments are more expensive, and typically, the furniture and decorations cannot be rearranged or replaced. There are also fees for broken or missing items. On the other hand, unfurnished apartments are much more affordable and allow you to decorate as you like. But if you can’t afford furniture, renting a furnished apartment could be more affordable than buying your own.

Look Around:

Look Around To find the right apartment for your wants and needs, you’ll need to look around. This means checking out multiple apartments and areasuntil you find one that fits. Just make sure your “perfect fit” includes an affordable, all-inclusive apartment in a safe neighborhood with “student-friendly” amenities, and proximity to your campus, major roads, and public transit. Additionally, before choosing a room or apartment, tour them and their respective neighborhoods .

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