The days of living in a dorm are (finally) over and you need to find a new place to spend your college years at…where to look? Having lived in a dorm, far from campus, and close to campus, I can definitely say that you get the best experience living close to campus.
Whenever there’s anything going on with my university, it happens on campus. A lot of people think that because you’re no longer living in a dorm you automatically become disconnected from whatever is happening at your university, but this isn’t the case at all. Living close to campus, but not in a dorm, allows you to experience on-campus activities with the freedom of having your own place.
Close proximity is also great because you won’t have to drive or catch the bus to campus, you can walk! I’ve saved hours of time by walking to class instead of looking for parking; you’ll definitely thank yourself on the days you want to sleep-in. The close proximity means you’ll also be close to the library, food court, gym, basically all the places on camp that you frequent.
Finding a place in close proximity to campus is also a really easy task, probably easier than finding a place far from campus, or ending up with a good dorm. Most property managers lease places close to campus because they know that that’s what students want. Take advantage of the fact that you’re gonna have tons of options and find a place that you know will make your college years great.
Due to the nature of the arrangement, you’ll most likely be dealing with the management personnel from the property you live at pretty frequently. They’ll be the ones handling your rent, your maintenance requests, and the overall experience living at that property. It’s hard to know whether or not you’ve found yourself a good property manager until you move in, so it’s important to do some research before you get yourself in too deep.
Check reviews online to see what previous residents of that property have to say about the management. The internet can reveal all sorts of things that you wouldn’t find out from visiting the property and speaking to the management. Ask around and see if anyone you know lives at that property and talk to them about their experiences with the management; have they had trouble getting in contact with the property manager? Do maintenance requests take a long time to fulfill? Does the management reach out to residents? Is the community well-equipped? These are all things that you should know before making the decision to move there or not. The management may come off as super nice and helpful, and that may be the case, but you really won’t know how residents are treated until you move in.
If the management at the place you’re interested in runs more than one property, check it out and see what it’s like. Consistency is very important, and you want to find a property manager that is consistent in making residents happy.
As someone renting a home, you’re not liable for all of the same maintenance things that a homeowner is. Because of this, you’re responsible for a different set of things, as stated in your lease. One of the most important things in the lease agreement (aside from rent, duh) is making sure that you take good care of your property and leave it as your landlord first rented it to you. A huge component of making sure that your property is maintained well is by keeping it clean.
Appliances pretty much fall into the group of things that we use regularly, so they should be cleaned regularly. Though it depends on the specific terms of your lease, it’s usually your landlord’s responsibility to make sure that your appliances are working well, and repair or replace them when they’re not. However, your landlord is not responsible for the daily cleaning and daily maintenance of said appliances. Things like microwaves, refrigerators, ovens, etc. are used pretty regularly, so you should be cleaning them often, too. If you don’t clean these things regularly, you’re gonna have a whole lot of cleaning to deal with when you move out. While they probably get more dirty than others, kitchen appliances aren’t the only things you should be cleaning. If you want to make sure that your dryer is functioning right, make sure you regularly remove the lint from it. Not only does this allow it to work properly, but it also helps prevent a fire happening from the buildup.