College is an exciting time for most people. In many ways you find out who you are. Moving into and out of student housing can be difficult. We are here to help with a few expert tips.
Choose a Central Location
Select housing within walking distance of the campus. You never know when your car might break down. Moving out is a different story. Find the business section of your city for a new apartment or home. Central locations to great jobs are must-haves for new graduates.
Keep Your Options Open
A great location often comes with a bad price tag. Search online for the best fit for you. Many campuses have nearby housing at decent prices. The walk might be a bit longer but it is often worth it. As with any item you should weigh the positives and negatives.
If you lived in a large family home before it’s time to downsize. Especially with on-campus housing the rooms are much smaller. Throw out some items. Buy extra hanging storage for others. Make the most of your space including area under the bed.
Get a Roommate
If you live in on-campus housing they will often provide one for you. Graduates might also want a roommate to pay off some of those student loans. In both cases it’s a great way to help you save money. You may even find a lifelong friend from the arrangement as well.
Find the Right Person
More than just dating advice, it also applies for anyone you live with. Some people get along well and become fast friends. Unfortunately for every story like that there are 30 horror stories. Ask them about their interests or even finances. That way you can find the perfect fit for you.
Plan Moves with a Roommate
If possible try to talk with your roommate before the move. It’s easy to feel stress around them and leave a bad first impression. Talking with them beforehand helps with this. They may need to move some items in that you didn’t expect either.
Learn to Budget
Many college students learn to budget during their stay. If you haven’t, now is the time. It is useful both for during your stay and after graduation. Check with professors and guidance staff. Both of them are sure to help you in this area. It’s also a great skill to have as an adult.
Read Leasing Terms
This applies both for on-campus and off-campus apartments. While many of them are reasonable some of them have troublesome clauses. Make sure that owners cannot remove you without reason. Also check for hidden fees.
The truth is that most moves into campus housing are simple. They rarely need the help of a mover. But moves off-campus need a lot of new items. Here are a few:
And those are just a few. For moving out of college you should definitely hire a professional. We happen to be professionals, so feel free to get an estimate.