The majority of college students go off to school away from home. While some choose to stay in student dorms throughout their time in school, and some are required to spend at least part of their education on campus in dorms, others are able and prefer to stay in off campus housing. Off campus housing is usually defined as any type of housing that is not owned or managed by the student’s university, even if it is technically on campus. With a new unit being rented in the United States every 80 seconds, and a new renter moving into an apartment every 30 seconds, the competition can be quite stiff. But the more you know before choosing student rentals, the better.
1. Location Matters
Location is incredibly important for those shopping for student housing. Students need to be able to get to class quickly and efficiently. It’s often easier academically and socially for students to stay as close to campus as possible.
2. Consider Internet Connection
Yes, your internet connection is important, and especially while you’re in college. Make sure that you understand who the internet service provider in your area is before committing to a student rental, and what the connection level will be.
A lot of students live on their own for the first time while attending college. Both they and their parents feel a lot safer knowing that their rental housing is as safe as possible. Consider the benefits of a building that has built-in security measures like a security system or a doorman.
4. Social Opportunities
Living off campus can be less expensive, but you may miss out on social opportunities. Living closer to campus is a good compromise in this case.
, Of course, cost is important. But take the whole package into account, not just rent. Remember to consider utilities, bills, and the cost of commuting.
It can be difficult for newly independent college students to live in neighborhoods full of families. Make sure you or your loved one is aware of the neighbors they’ll be living near.
Remember, sharing a rental with a roommate can not only cut costs but provide quick friendships. However, roommates must be carefully vetted first.
Choosing a student rental can be difficult. But don’t stress because it’s also fun and exciting!