Published on Friday, 14 October 2011
Most college students looking to rent their first apartments find a tough time picking out the best units available. Choosing to live from dorms and family homes to apartments is a big step. The transition can be tough as dorms are different from apartments. Nevertheless, there are a variety of ways to get around the complexity of finding your first apartment. These tips should guide you in the process:
Search for alternatives
Consulting a broker for apartment listings is a good start. It is however wiser if you search for alternatives online or through local newspapers. Often, universities have good suggestions for students looking for an off-campus apartment. Seek your local registry for advice.
Most apartments require co-signers so be sure to ask your parents if they can do it for you. If not, find apartments that allow subletting or direct rentals requiring security deposits.
Plan in advance
In major cities, apartments are hot, especially those located near the campus. Hence, do your research well ahead of time. Ask friends or older batches if they have suggestions. They may be able to point you to a nice apartment which they will vacate next year. This is a great way to secure an apartment before it is even put up for rent.
You can't always get what you want. Take time to find a suitable apartment but don't be too specific with your requirements. For instance, the basement you expect may not be the same as the basements in apartments. Determine your needs and be ready to make compromises.
If you are moving with a roommate, be sure to do all the steps in finding an apartment together. This way, you can avoid misunderstandings which may arise later. Finding your first apartment in college is not a piece of cake, but is guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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