Monday, October 28, 2019

The 8 Questions You MUST Ask When Apartment Searching in College (and Post-Grad)

Hey earth muffins! My campus is currently abuzz with eager college students searching for their apartments for next year... Yup, it is crazy that you have to secure your housing so early! While I won't be searching for an apartment until the summer (when I move out of my parents' house for good 😓), I thought it would be a fitting time to write a post about all of the questions you MUST ask if you are currently in the process of finding housing. I hope this helps some of you find your dream apartment! 🤞

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How much is rent? This is obviously the most important question because price is everything! If it is too high, then it probably isn't the one for you... But if it seems too low, then you might want to dig further to make sure it isn't a big scam.

What utilities are included (water, gas, electricity, Wifi, etc.)? If the rent is low you might be responsible for paying more of these than if you were paying a higher rent. I currently pay for electricity and Wifi each month, which doesn't add much to my total bill (as electricity is pretty cheap, especially if you are conscious of turning off the lights!). Make sure to write down all of the utilities each apartment includes in the rent so that you can compare and contrast them later!

Is there parking? If you are going to have a car on campus, you will need to consider where you are going to park. Some parking is extremely difficult to maneuver with larger cars or is far away from the actual apartment, so this was a huge consideration for me when I was looking at apartments.

How much does it cost for parking? This might be a large lump sum at move-in or monthly payments with other utilities, so make sure you know how much it is going to cost you!

What public transportation options are available? 🚌 If you aren't going to have a car on campus or don't plan on driving to school each day, make sure you know where the closest bus/train stops are! Make sure to do some research on the frequency of these transportation methods, as well as what days/times they run.

When can you move in? Some apartments (like mine!) will let you pick what day you want to move in, while others will have a strict move in schedule. Make sure you know that the move in date fits your schedule before signing the lease!

How long is the lease? Especially for the school year, you might be trapped in a lease over the summer when you will be a home. This might require getting a subleaser, so make sure you know in advance how many months you will be required to pay.

What does the unit look like? Make sure you take a tour!! 😊 If the unit you look at is different than the one you will be moving into, get a detailed list on what will be different. You do not want to be surprised on move in day!



What other questions would you recommend asking during the apartment hunt? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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