Remember when you were a teenager and you couldn’t wait to be an adult and get your own place? It’s here. It’s actually happening. Leasing your first apartment can be very intimidating (especially while being enrolled in college), but it’s not as hard as you think. We’ve laid out the process very easily for you:
Finding what’s BEST for YOU.
When you begin the process of apartment hunting it is always important that you think about the things that are most important to you. Location, price, floorplans, maybe even amenities. You have to live here for 10-12 months, so think long term about what is going to matter the most! Prepare a list of questions you want to ask at the housing fair and hold it tight!
Find a roommate.
I know it sounds scary, but it’s very common to share apartments (even bedrooms) with other people. Of course, it’s always easier (or seems to be) when you live with a friend, but there are also social media groups specifically for your graduating class where you can meet someone to be your roommate. Some housing companies even offer a roommate matching option where they pick the best person possible for you based off a questionnaire you fill out.
Things may not always be as they seem and though a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s always better to see the real deal. Contact a leasing agent and schedule a tour to make sure the apartment is everything you need it to be. Tours are great too because you can get all of the answers to questions you (or your parents) may have. From there, the leasing agent can walk you through their leasing process. Many companies offer multiple building options and floor plans so be sure to tour ALL the company has to offer.
Are you still overwhelmed? Don’t be! Overall, getting your own place is more exciting than it is scary. After all of the leasing business is in order comes the decorating and endless memories you create in your own space. Make the most of it because time flies and next thing you know you’ll be graduating and preparing for another move.