If you are a student ready to make the jump from dorm to apartment, there’s much to consider. Moving into your first apartment is very exciting, but you also want to make sure you are prepared for finding and moving into a place you love. Finding an off-campus apartment that checks all of your boxes isn’t the easiest task and there are tons of things you can forget. Apartment List has got you covered. This guide will cover all of the bases to make your transition seamless.
The very first thing to consider is your budget. Whether you are juggling part-time jobs on top of your studies, having your parents helping you out, or relying on financial aid, figuring out your budget is the beginning of this entire process. First things first, use our rent calculator to find out how much rent you can afford. There are also some hidden costs of renting that you may not realize, so be sure to read over our true cost of renting article. A big expense that many don’t consider is the cost of utilities, this guide will go over the estimated cost. Don’t forget to track your finances, as this gives you the best look at your overall budget.
Start thinking about your apartment ahead of time. If you know you are moving out of an on-campus living situation, give yourself adequate time for the apartment hunt. Start by checking out Apartment List’s off-campus housing page. Simply navigate to your college and see all the nearby apartments.
When touring apartments, don’t get lost in the excitement of your new home. Make sure to ask these crucial 12 questions while on your tour. Also, be aware that rental fraud is a massive issue. Follow these tips to protect your pockets from scammers while apartment searching.
If you are coming from the dorms, you likely don’t have a ton of furniture to move. The good news is that this is the hardest stuff to move, the bad news is you still have to move the rest of your belongings. Our first college apartment checklist should start you on the right path. Moving can also get pricey, so check out this article on moving on a budget.
Moving from a dorm to an apartment probably means moving from a tiny space to a larger space. Decorating an apartment on a budget is both fun and simple. We have tips on both how to decorate on a budget, and where you should be shopping for budget-friendly furniture.
If your apartment is still on the smaller side, there are some great hacks to make your space feel bigger. Read up on our tips on how to optimize smaller bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Once you’re all settled in, don’t forget to keep track of your finances. It’s a valuable skill, and learning it now will be incredibly beneficial. Use our first apartment budgeting checklist to get started.
If your lease is up and you’re ready to upgrade to a new apartment, don’t forget to write a notice to vacate letter to your landlord. Keeping in good standing with your landlord will be helpful as your next apartment will likely be calling them for a reference!