Published on Saturday, 17 April 2010
Students setting off to college are often accompanied by their parents, relatives and friends to help them find their first apartment. However, if you have to do this task alone you must know what to expect and what to look for. Looking for an apartment is not difficult as you think. Here are some tips to help you find a good student apartment.
Tip #1: Prepare you budget
Look at your available budget so you may have a realistic idea of the apartments you can rent. Don't be surprised if you find campus apartments more expensive than the cheapest apartments-you are also paying for the location.
Tip #2: Check the your landlord's background
You can check with the BBB or the tenant union in the area to find out if there are any major complaints against your landlord.
Tip #3: Get a roommate
If you feel you can't afford to rent an apartment on your own, consider getting a roommate. Sharing a space will cut down your rent and other expenses significantly but you need to be careful in picking a roommate. Be sure to get someone who is responsible, neat and organized.
Tip#4: Examine your rental agreement carefully before signing.
Feel free to ask your landlord about anything you do not understand. The agreement bears the policies and the terms of your landlord. So if you are not comfortable with any of them, ask your landlord. Also, take note of any damages before moving in. You don't want to have to pay for them once you move out. A little effort and attention is all it takes to get your first apartment without troubles.
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