It could be freshman year, sophomore year or even the upperclassman years but there comes a time when the stress of finding an apartment will begin. The key to success in college apartment shopping is to start looking and gathering information sooner rather than later. Apartment landlords like to start easing early.
Apartment complexes will start sending you mail on campus a few months prior to lease signing. Make sure you read and save each and every one of those pamphlets. Apartments tend to fill up quickly in college towns so it is always a smart idea to have a handful of apartment options for yourself and your roommates.
Once you start gathering information it’s important to have open communication with your parents. It’s important to ask for their advice on pricing and what to look for in an apartment. The price of apartments near colleges can be over-priced because they know they are in high demand.
Most students feel it is convenient to live in apartments on campus. Sometimes you can find good deals and clean apartments near campus, but if there are only a few available and you have a car or bus service available, off campus apartments could be a good choice. Apartments off campus tend to be nicer and sometimes cheaper. However, the best way to know this for sure is not by just researching online and reading pamphlets. Another key to successful apartment hunting is booking a showing with the apartment office to see exactly where you would be living.
Some apartment leasing agencies try to get students to sign leases without physically showing the tenants the apartment they will be living in. Be sure to view the apartment in person. Securing an appointment will also give you a look into how friendly the staff is and how the property owner treats their prospective renters.
An apartment says a lot about a person and it’s critical to have a reasonably priced and clean apartment where you will feel comfortable. If you follow this advice, you should be in good shape. Happy hunting!