Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Apartment Hunting Basics For Students Part 1

As a college student, you will probably have plenty of things to worry about, like keeping up with your studies and making sure you have enough money to get by. Unfortunately, finding a place to live is another potential headache.

There are many factors to consider when looking for an apartment, such as location, lease terms, amenities, and affordability. Now we are not saying you shouldn't consider things like pools, gyms and popularity, but remember to prioritize!

Although finding a new place may be exhausting, these apartment hunting tips can make the process easier. So now i challenge you to go grab something to write with or just print this out, because your credit union is going to give you the tips you need to find the place that is right for you.

Start your search early
To ensure that you successfully find an apartment close to campus, you should begin your search months in advance. Use any of the following methods to help you find an apartment:
  • Contact the student housing office or go to their web site to learn about university-owned housing options.
  • Look at postings on bulletin boards around campus.
  • Explore the surrounding neighborhoods for “For Rent” signs.
  • Search for apartment listings online or in local newspapers.
  • Be cautious when using real estate agents or apartment locators, as they can charge high costs for their services.
Know what you are looking for and what you can afford
You should plan your budget to determine how much you will be able to spend on rent and utilities. Then decide which amenities you would like, such as air conditioning, a dishwasher, or a washer and dryer. Keep in mind that you may need to pay the first and last months’ rent in addition to your security deposit. Living with roommates is a good way to reduce expenses and enjoy the social aspects of student life.

Thanks for reading part 1 of "Apartment Hunting Basics for Students Part 1." We hope you come back later this week and get the info you need!

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