Keeping Your College Apartment from Turning into a Nightmare

Posted By: on November 21, 2012

Living in the dorms is somewhat carefree. If something is broken, there is someone on campus to fix it. Students can shower for as long as they want to and not have to pay a dime extra. Leave every light and electronic device running, no need to worry because the bill is paid for. Oh, and the cable? Well, that’s paid for ahead of time as well.

Living on campus is pretty worry-free, no bills to have to worry about and your neighbors are students as well. So, when moving off-campus there are some things that the average college student should keep in mind.

Top 5 most common issues to keep in mind:

  1. The Maintenance man is not going to come fix the leaky faucet right away…In turn, get yourself a basic toolbox and in most large complexes, give it a few days for the handy man to arrive.
  2. Changing the light bulbs and air filter isn’t done by the maintenance man, remember that. Many complexes provide free bulbs and air filters, just ask the front desk.
  3. Don’t forget, an internet problem is now your problem. . get ready to be on hold for customer service.
  4. Hidden Fees will pop-up so beware and read rental bills carefully.
  5. Those noisy neighbors with the 5 savage boys running around. . don’t care that you’re a student trying to study. . . but it does help to let them know you are, and if possible when moving into an apartment, try and get a space on the top floor.

Many apartment complexes find it quite easy to take advantage of young college students. Usually there is either a plethora of college-friendly complexes or a few close to campus. A lot of the complexes that are ‘college-student friendly’ are packed with kids who party pretty much all the time and have forgotten what they are they for. The excitement of moving out of a parent’s home or the dorms gives students a newfound sense of freedom.

Oftentimes, students find themselves blinded by granite countertops and shiny new appliances and overlook hidden fees, loud neighbors, poor architecture or tenant rights.

It is usually a smart idea to go with an experienced adult who can show face to agents and make sure that the deal is done right. Not only will students pick up a few pointers, but they will learn what pros and cons to look for in a new college apartment.

Moving up and out of the dormitories can be fun and exciting, and also a little scary. But with great resources from the internet, young students are finding it much easier to find a place to call home without letting it turn into a nightmare.

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