Nothing is sweeter than finally leaving home to live on your own, but when you’re apartment hunting, you’ll have some important decisions to make before you can get to scoring your perfect pad.
Would you prefer to live on campus or off campus? Would you like to live with friends or with randomly assigned students? Do you need your apartment to be furnished, or would unfurnished be best for you? There are tons of choices to make once you’re on your own, but here’s some tools and tricks to help you get on your way.
Decide whether to live on campus or off campus.
Living on campus comes with some obvious benefits. You’ll be able to live in close proximity to your classrooms, dining halls, libraries and campus events. Also, living on campus allows you the opportunity to get to know your fellow college students.
Unfortunately, living on campus tends to be pretty expensive on top of all the other costs of college, so it may not be realistic to consider with your budget.
Living off campus allows you to have more freedom. If you don’t have a car, you would be able to walk, bike, or take a bus to campus. Apartment complexes typically come with fitness centers and pools that you can enjoy on your free time. You’ll be able to decorate your space however you’d like. Some apartments are even pet friendly, so you can bring Fido or Fluffy along with you!
Find the best space that suits your needs.
If you should decide to live off campus, the next step is to figure out what would be the best spot to suit your needs. Both of these websites will allow you to track down apartments based on your individual needs. Ask yourself:
- Will you need to be close to campus, or will you be able to live further away?
- What rental prices will fit within your budget?
- Will you need an apartment that comes with Internet, cable, water, etc.?
- Do you need an apartment that’s furnished, or will an unfurnished apartment suffice?
Figure out who you’d like to live with.
Living with friends basically allows you to have a sleepover that never ends. The ice will already be broken between you, so there’s no need for that awkward small talk. You’ll always have your support system there with you so that you’ll never feel alone in your college experience. You’ll have the ability to divvy up responsibilities, like chores and grocery trips.
Decorate your space
The most fun choice you’ll have to make is how you would like to decorate your space. Now that you’re on your own, you’ll have a ton of options of how you’d like to make your space yours. Once you have a plan, you’ll have everything you need to turn your apartment into your perfect pad.