As a college student, apartment shopping is a huge step toward personal independence. You’re excited about it, but you’re also not quite sure what you’re looking for. College apartments aren’t all that different from regular apartments. However, there are a few features that you’ll want to take into consideration.
Apartment Shopping List
- Convenience. How close is your apartment to campus? If money gets tight toward the end of the semester, walking to campus is one way you can save a lot of money.
- Price. Don’t go into more debt just to live in a fancy apartment. Instead, choose one that’s within your budget. Also, check out what’s included in that price. If the utilities are part of your rent, then you can expect to pay a little more up front, but it will work out in the long run.
- Security. This doesn’t mean that you have to live in an apartment with a doorman, where you have to have a key just to get in the front door. However, it does mean that you want to live in a place with a decent, solid door with a dead bolt. In addition, make sure you do a security check, by looking around the property to see if there is anything suspicious.
- Neighbors. You don’t have to go knocking on doors to meet the neighbors before you buy the place, but knowing that you have neighbors on hand that will notice if something goes drastically wrong can give both you and your parents a little peace of mind.
- Appliances. You don’t have to have the latest and greatest everything, but there are some features that will make your life a little bit easier. An apartment with a dishwasher might encourage you to do dishes before you have to name the things growing on them. Having a place to do your laundry in the apartment allows you to save quarters and finish the laundry on your own time.
- Inspection. Do a walk-through and check out the general condition of the apartment. Is everything generally well-maintained? If you’re in a college town, your landlord may not be replacing the carpet between every new set of renters. However, you do want to ensure that the faucets aren’t rusty, the locks are in good shape and the outlets all function.
Ready to get started? Get out there and go apartment shopping!
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