Dorm life can be tough for many. The closets are puny, roommates may not exactly get along, the room easily clutters and you share a bathroom with a lot of people.
That being said, many college students are more than interested in moving into an off-campus apartment.
Here’s a list of 25 things you should do/know before moving into your first college apartment.
1. Don’t base your opinion of the apartment complex off of the model they show you during your tour. Talk to people who have lived there before you and get their opinions before you sign the lease.
2. Try to know at least one of your roommates.
3. Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared.
4. Write down and photograph everything wrong with the apartment as soon as you move in. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave.
5. Get to know your neighbors.
6. Make a Google doc with your roommates to document who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items.
7. Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment — use them.
8. Remember what grocery items you bought. And if something of yours goes missing, don’t be afraid to nicely confront your roommates about it.
9. Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Paying rent means your apartment should be perfect.
10. Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer.
11. Call your apartment complex prior to move-in and ask if there’s anything that doesn’t come with the apartment that you might need to purchase individually.
12. Buy a mattress pad.
13. Utilize your kitchen.
14. If you throw a house-warming party or kickback at your place, be prepared to clean up the leftover mess.
16. Off-campus living means no RA’s checking in on you every few days. Be sure to use your freedom wisely.
17. Always make sure you have food at your place.
18. Lock your bedroom door before leaving your apartment.
19. Don’t share your WiFi password with too many people.
20. Doing laundry becomes a blessing when you don’t have to worry about collecting quarters to use a machine.
21. Don’t forget to change your local address to your new home.
22. Utilize whatever facilities your complex has to offer — pool, gym, tanning beds.
23. Make sure your apartment comes furnished.
24. Keeping a mini-fridge in your room isn’t such a bad investment.
25. If you plan on inviting more than three guests over, tell your roommates.
Doing your research prior to making any move-in promises will not only save you time and money, but also save you from further complications and allow for a smoother transition into your new residence.
Do your homework prior to apartment shopping and you should be on the right path to finally finding your dream dwelling. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact HoneyWood Apartments.
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