Monday, December 8, 2014

Choosing a Place to Rent as a Student

Renting a dorm, an apartment, or a student flat is an exciting chapter for many young people: it gives them a chance to live independently of their parental units; opportunity to grow more responsible; and it provides life experiences that enrich them mentally, emotionally, and socially. When it comes to choosing a place for rent for students, keep these tips in mind:


Identify what you need.
Would you rather save up by sharing a dorm or do you need your own space? Can you stand a shared bathroom? Do you need a furnished space replete with appliances, or would you rather bring your own? Make a list of what you need in your living space. Consider your priorities to determine whether you should live in a dorm, in a condo, an apartment, by yourself, or with roommates. Many students need the Internet for education, entertainment, and keeping in touch with family. In that case, look for an Internet-ready residential unit, or a building that provides WiFi for its residents.

Consider location.
The point of student housing is to live a stone’s throw away from your school. Prime private property for rent are often found just beside or across the campus; cheaper options are usually further from the school. Choose a location that’s convenient and within your means. But stay within walking distance of the school to save money on transportation. Take note of whether the immediate vicinity can provide you with a conducive atmosphere for studying. A noisy neighborhood can pose as a problem. Choose a neighborhood wit establishments and services that you need - like a laundromat, a grocery store, a 24-hour coffeeshop for all-nighters, and places to eat at.

Examine its condition.
Just as with any property, sound construction, maintenance, and cleanliness are prime concerns. Opt for a pleasant, clean, well-kept property. Check for any plumbing or electrical problems before you make your decision. 

Get a roommate.
Consider rooming with a friend, a classmate, or other acquaintance to share the costs and responsibilities of keeping house. Even if you don't have the luxury of getting to pick who you live with, the arrangement gives you someone to split the rent and bills with. It's also a social experience to learn and grow from.

Keep security in mind.
Opt for a safe and secure property. Make sure there are sturdy locks on your doors. Opt for a condominium or dorm with security guards and other safety measures if you so choose.


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