Apartment living can be an adjustment if you grew up in a single-family home. Such is the case for many students getting their first college apartment. However, the transition doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow a few techniques to make the most of your new living space.
1. Stay Organized
Transitioning from a single home to an apartment, you may have to get more creative with organization and space. There are different storage options beyond large bookshelves, like drawer organizers, bins, and baskets. Check for furniture that can serve an additional purpose, such as a futon that can double as a bed and a couch. It can be overwhelming to live on your own for the first time, however, if you stay organized you’ll feel more at peace with the transition.
2. Be Friendly
When living in an apartment building, your neighbors are now closer than ever. You’ll have to share walls, ceilings, elevators, and staircases with people you’re not related to or friends with. However, it’s also the opportunity to create a sense of community and get to know your neighbors in a way you may not have done before. You can break the ice by introducing yourself or bringing over a plate of cookies. While you don’t have to be BFFs with your neighbors, knowing who people are and having a name with a face can go a long way in developing a support system in your living environment.
3. Remain Compliant
Different departments may have various rules and regulations to follow. There may be rules regarding noise, visitation, hours, parking, and the amount of pets you can have, if any. Make sure you understand your lease and whatever rules the landlord or owner has set up for your college apartment. Staying in compliance with the apartment building rules can avoid unnecessary fines or eviction. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your landlord for clarification!
Living in an apartment can be a fun experience and one that you must take at some point in your life. According to the Pew Research Center, 65% of households headed by people younger than 35 were renting in 2016, and that number has only grown since then. Your space can have a lot of character, amenities, and socializing opportunities you didn’t have in your previous neighborhood. If you need help finding the right college apartment, contact our team today. Lang Development Group has many properties to choose from for your new home!