Transitioning From On-Campus to Off-Campus Housing

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Close proximity and community amenities are two of the main things students want and need in off-campus housing. But transitioning from on-campus to off-campus is not always an easy task. Before making your move, keep the tips in the attachment in mind.


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Transitioning From On-Campus to Off-Campus Housing:

Transitioning From On-Campus to Off-Campus Housing


For many college students, the choice to move off campus is simple. But, it may be a feat that’s easier said than done. Although, off-campus apartment communities strive to make living on your own convenient, fun, and as simple as possible, transitioning from dorm life to apartment life isn’t always supported or simple. However, there are some tips that can make renting and moving into your first apartment a good experience. Below are four of these tips.

Search for Rentals Near Your School:

Search for Rentals Near Your School Most off campus housing is located within walking distance of their respective universities. To make the transition from on-campus to off-campus living, look for a housing that’s within walking distance to your school. Moreover, make sure you choose student housing. Apartment buildings and communities that are designed for students are usually full of cool amenities and residential services. These amenities and services are designed to support your college and apartment life, while making them fun and convenient.


For example, study lounges and useful academic services can be found in nearly every student housing community. Communities such as Ezra-Bricker Apartments make it easy for you to find, and move into Laurier student housing .

Gather Information About Bills and Fees:

Gather Information About Bills and Fees Of course, you’ll have to pay rent and bills when you move off campus, but there are certain fees and bills you might not be aware of. For example, if you move into a furnished apartment (highly recommended), you’ll basically have to rent the existing furniture and pay fees if that furniture is damaged. You’ll also have to pay for parking and utilities. Not to mention, renting an apartment requires a security deposit or a one-month’s rental fee.


To counteract all the fees you might incur, find an inclusive apartment (utilities or included in your rent) with free or reduced-fee parking and free wi-fi and satellite or cable TV. However, most student apartment buildings are inclusive and offer many free services. If you’re unable to pay the rent and buy groceries and essentials, get a roommate.

Use Social Media:

Use Social Media Social media is a great way to stay connected to your college community. Online housing pages can be found on almost every major social media website; just look for the page that features your university. These housing pages are great places to find affordable housing or search for a roommate. They also offer loads of advice for living successfully off campus, resources for support (e.g. academic or financial services), affordable movers (if you need them)and reviews of off-campus student housing.

Attend Information Sessions:

Attend Information Sessions Off-campus information sessions can provide you with vital information for student housing and transitioning to off-campus living. They also give information about apartment locations; specifically, the area around your school. Information sessions are held by student organizations or the university; just check the student bulletin boards daily for session announcements.