Deciding Where To Live For The Fall Of 2018

Deciding Where To Live For The Fall Of 2018

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Choosing where to live can be a stressful experience, especially if you are not familiar with the process of picking housing. If you want to live off-campus, there are steps you should take to maximize your living experience. Regardless of the number of people you are planning on living with or the amount of knowledge you have on the apartment in your area, all of these tips will apply to you!

1. Set a price limit -- DON'T LOOK AT ANYTHING ABOVE THE PRICE LIMIT

The cost of living can be really expensive. If you are constantly going over budget, that is only going to add more stress to an already-stressful college career. The closer to campus you are and the fewer people you have living with you will usually cost more. If you are looking for an affordable house, think about if you can sacrifice the closeness to campus or if you can pick up a few random roommates. Know that you can usually get the cheapest prices in the fall.

2. Understand the utilities

The cost of utilities will differ based on the apartment. While the cost of water, electricity, cable, internet, and other costs will be constant, the apartment or housing complex you want to live in may pay for several parts of the utility bill. The cost of your monthly utilities will also depend on the size of the place you will live in, the number of people you live with, and of course the amount that you use.

3. Check out the reviews but make your own opinion by taking a tour

I found that checking the reviews was extremely helpful. An apartment complex's website is designed to entice students and may not be the most truthful. The reviews are from people who have actual experience living at a place and won't be hesitant to say the good and the bad. These reviews shouldn't be the only way you decide where to live, though. Apartments and houses will have tours available so you can decide if the distance, layout, and amenities are a good fit for you.

4. Know what you are looking for in a living space

This can consist of bedroom size, the bathroom situation, and utilities that are included with where you want to live. For me, this consisted of access to a gym, my own bedroom, and a quiet space to study that isn't my bedroom. You should decide which qualities of a living space are most important and which you want rather than need.

5. Know the distance from campus

This factor may change in importance, depending on if you have a car. The further you live from campus, the more likely you are to need a car. If you are not in walking distance from campus and don't want to get a car, make sure to check the bus route. One of the many selling points of apartments and housing is if they are near a bus route. If they say they are, make sure to check the times the bus comes. I have known several people who decided to live further away from campus and did not have a car, but when they moved in they realized that the bus only came twice a day and only before noon.

6. Parking

Again, this factor is only important if you have a car, but it is most definitely worth noting. Parking passes to get on campus go quickly. Make sure to buy them early. But when you buy them, know that the odds of you being able to park near where you live is not very likely.

7. Check for roommate matching

This can be helpful if you want to move off-campus and have no one to live with OR if you have several people to live with, just not enough to fill up an entire apartment or house. This part of choosing a house usually only comes with apartments, though.

Go ahead! Sign that lease!

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Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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