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20 Apartment Hunting Tips for College Students

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20 Successful Apartment Hunting Tips for College Students

So you decided to opt out of dormitory accommodation and rent your own apartment? Maybe you want to be on your own, or you’ll live with roommates. Whatever the case is, this is a big decision!

Before you get to live through that experience, however, you’ll need to find an apartment. How exactly do you do that? We have 20 tips for you to follow:

Involve Your Parents in the Process

Apartments in college towns tend to fill up quickly, so you’ll need all help you can use. Plus, this is probably your first experience of this type, and you don’t know what to expect. Your parents can tell you what to look for in the apartment you’re about to start living in.

Make Sure You and Your Roommate Are on the Same Page

If you intend to live with roommates, this is the first tests you’ll have to pass. You have to make the decision together!

Get Informed about the Price

It’s essential for you to get informed about the average price of rental property in that area, so you’ll avoid getting ripped off. Statista is an excellent source of information on the rental market in the U.S.

Set Your Standards

If you have a limited monthly budget and it’s not too high, then you must be realistic during the search. Find out what standard you can afford and focus on searching for apartments that fall within your limits.

Be Respectful

Dress well and prepare to be the nicest version of yourself. Explain that you’re looking for an apartment because you want some privacy and you intend to keep it calm and clean.

You Don’t Have to Be Too Close to Campus

Marion Ollie, a writer for proofreading service, shares her experience: “When I was looking for an apartment in Arlington, Virginia, I was open for options away from campus. That turned out to be a great decision. I found an apartment with an excellent price, and the distance was not a problem thanks to public transport.”

Look for Photos

It’s essential to search for ads with photos so you can see what the apartment looks like before you visit it. That will save you a lot of time and nerves.

Arrange a Visit

Maybe you’ll love how an apartment looks in the photos. But that doesn’t give you the complete certainty that you’ll like it when you see it. Arrange a visit to few apartments, so you can sense their vibe and compare them.

Ask for a Trial

Will the owner allow you to spend a day in the apartment before you make a decision? Asking for a trial may seem like a bold favor to ask, but many rental property owners are willing to agree.

Visit on a Rainy Day

Does the roof hold up? You’ll see for yourself if you visit on a rainy day.

Ask the Locals

Have you met any locals on campus? They can help you find a suitable apartment! Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for advice.

Be Careful with Your Signature

Do not sign the lease before you’re entirely sure you understand it. It’s best to ask your parents to check it out. If they don’t have experience with rental property, ask someone who does.

Check Your Cell Phone Reception

Whether or not you can receive a text will affect your daily comfort and safety…quite frankly it may be the most important factor.

Ask about the Bills

The landlord will inform you about the average heating or electric bill costs, but don’t take their word for granted. Ask the utility company for an estimate.

Ask for Their Pet Policies

If you intend to live with a dog, cat, or any other pet, search for an apartment that’s suitable for such lifestyle. {And find out what associated fees/pet rent will be charged}

Think about Getting Furniture In

If it’s an empty apartment, you’ll have to get some furniture in. Will that be easy? Check out these five measurements to take before signing your lease.

Check the Neighborhood

You want good supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants nearby, right? Apartminty’s DC neighborhood guide and Baltimore neighborhood guide are great places to start.

Pay Attention to the Noise

When you visit the apartment, be mindful of the sounds in the building. If it’s too loud, it’s better to avoid it.

Treat This Like a Job Hunt

Some landlords are skeptical of student renters, and they will ask unexpected questions to check your reputation. Be prepared, just as you would prepare for a job interview.

Apartment hunting is your first step to greater independence. The tips above will help prepare you for the search! Happy hunting!




Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson

Journalist & Editor

Chris Richardson is a journalist, editor, and a blogger. He loves to write, learn new things, and meet new outgoing people. Chris is also fond of traveling, sports, and playing the guitar. Follow him on Google+.


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Not one to settle for status quo, Holli has spent her 20 year career shaking up the multifamily industry. From creating unheard of building amenities to designing lounge-like leasing centers, to major Pinterest fails in the kitchen, she is ever experimenting. It’s no surprise that she created a new way to match apartment renters with their perfect home. Holli is a featured speaker and session facilitator at regional and national industry conferences. When she’s not brainstorming the next marketing campaign, you can find Holli testing the limits of bottomless brunch or climbing the Peloton Leaderboard!

1 Comment

  1. Adam Golightly

    I liked what you said about how the apartment might look different in photos so they should be inspected in person and compare a couple of different areas. My cousin has been thinking about looking for an apartment that will be closer to her college so that she can find something she likes. She would really like to get some help from a professional so that she can find the right lease for her.


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