Living off-campus is a rite of passage for many university students. Not only is it a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of dorm rooms and all-night parties, but it can also be a great way to get more privacy and learn how to live independently before entering the working world full-time. However, it can also be challenging if you're not prepared. To help make the transition easier, we've put together a few tips for living off-campus successfully.
Choose responsible roommates
After all, you'll be sharing a living space with these people for an entire academic year or even longer. You want to choose people who are compatible with your lifestyle, can handle their portion of the shared expenses and are people you genuinely get along with.
Find affordable rent
This is particularly important if you plan on ditching dormmates and living alone. Start your apartment search early and be prepared to compromise on your ideal location. When you find a suitable place, don't be afraid to negotiate the rent - you may be surprised at how much you can save by simply asking for a lower price.
Follow a move-in inspection list
Take plenty of photos and notes of any damages that already exist at the property or room you are moving into. Clear any pre-existing damages with the landlord and get their agreement in writing. You don’t want those damages linked to you and taken out of your deposit when you’re ready to move out.
Invest in renters' insurance
It's vital to do all you can to ensure that your items are protected from unexpected circumstances, such as fire, flood, theft or a natural disaster. Especially if you plan on sharing an apartment with roommates. While you may have remembered to close the bathroom tap before rushing out the door to make an 8am lecture, your roommate might have forgotten.
Pay your rent and bills on time
Not only is paying your rent and bills on time important for maintaining good credit and financial stability, but it can go a long way in building a good relationship with your landlord. Set up automatic payments or reminders for your rent and other recurring bills. This way, you'll never have to worry about forgetting.
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