Factors to Consider When You Begin Your Housing Search
As you begin your off-campus housing search, you’ll realize that you have a lot more options and factors to consider than when you lived on-campus. Unlike when you lived in the res halls, you’ll have more options regarding the number of roommates you live with and how you divide your space. For example, you may wish to live with four roommates, two of you might like to have your own bedroom and two share, in which case you would be searching for a three bedroom apartment. Figuring out how many roommates you will be living with and who they are is your first step.
Second, decided how you want to divide up your space. Having your own bedroom is a luxury you don’t have on campus, however this does come at a cost. Many students choose to share a bedroom to save on their housing costs.
Finally, decided what style housing you would like to pursue. Are you mainly interested in a house or an apartment. These options have their pros and cons. Houses are more likely to come with parking available. They are often more spacious and you have a bit more distance from your neighbors. Apartments likely have more utilities included in the rent. Your neighbors might be closer, but often apartment buildings are managed, giving you easier access to repairs.
My advice is to figure out who you want to live with first, next discuss your price range. With this in mind, you can figure out if some or all of you will need to share space and how many bedrooms you are looking for. At this point, it’s a good idea to discuss how you plan to split rent. Will you split it evenly among everyone or will those sharing space pay less, look for strategies to split rent in this post. Finally keep an open mind on houses or apartments when you are searching- explore all of your options and pick the one that works best for your needs.