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Checklist for Moving Off Campus

Checklist for Moving Off Campus

You have decided to move off campus and are excited about starting a new life journey, that of a renter. This is an exciting time, but can be just as overwhelming as getting into college. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be if you do it right. Follow the checklist for moving off campus listed below to ensure a great start to your new life adventure:

Know Your Budget:

Before looking at apartments or homes for rent you need to know how much you can afford. Answer the following questions to figure this out:

  • Are you going to work to pay for rent?
  • If you are going to pay it yourself, how much can you bring in without it cutting into your school work?
  • Are your parents going to help you with rent?
  • If not, do you need a roommate in order to afford to move out?

Once you answer all these questions, you will have a better idea of what you can afford and whether or not you need a roommate. You will need to know this moving forward.

Take Your Time:

Finding the perfect apartment or house to rent can and should take some time. After all, you don’t want to rush through the process and end up living in a less than desirable location. Therefore, start early when you are moving off campus. Give yourself a month or more at the minimum to make your decision.

Do Your Homework Before Moving Off Campus:

During the time you take to make this decision, do your homework well. What do you need to find out, you might ask? Well, one aspect to consider is how far away you will be living from school and other important locations, like grocery stores. When you have narrowed down your choice between one or two apartments, complete some practice runs. Drive from the apartments to your school and to other locations during different times of the day, especially during the time you would be driving to school. Remember, even a nice apartment that is a little too out-of-the way might not be the right choice.

Doing your homework to find out what apartment is located in the best location is wise. Also, find out other important information about the apartments you are considering. The questions below should be answered before moving off campus:

  • What amenities are offered by these apartments?
  • Is parking included in the price of rent?
  • Are there any utilities included in the price of rent?
  • How much of a deposit is required to move in, and how long is the lease?

Moving off campus is a very freeing experience. It is in essence growing into an adult, ready to tackle life on your own. Thankfully, by following this checklist, you can be sure you are ready for this move. Contact us at Douglas Heights for more information about moving off campus.

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