Can you hear them? There are deep sighs of relief coming from all over the United States right now. Finals are over! College students throughout the country are rejoicing. They are breathing those sighs of relief you hear. Whether finals went well or not, they are done. That is a huge relief!
Students who are no longer living at home and have been living in the dorms have two options. The first option is that they go home for the summer. For those with good jobs, this may not really be an option as they don’t want to lose their good job with a two-month absence by spending summer back at home. The second option is finding off-campus housing in the form of an apartment, townhouse, condo, or house. Most college students don’t make enough money to embark on this endeavor alone. We would like to offer you some pointers on this new venture of living on “your own.” If you are a parent reading this, you can pass these tips on to your children or help them to apply these tips.
You are “on your own,” but not alone. You probably need roommates. What college student makes enough to live by himself/herself? None that we have ever met! Finding reliable people to live with is probably the most important aspect of this undertaking. Do not choose your fun but flaky friends as your roommates! You will be faced with major regret. Why? Quite simply, the rent and utilities have to be paid in full and on time! This is even more important to you if you are the one who has put your name on the renter’s/lease agreement. YOUR credit is the one that will be negatively affected if they don’t give you the rent money on time. They won’t face any negative consequences. On the flip side, by choosing reliable, gainfully employed friends to be your roommates, your bills will be paid on time and your credit score will only benefit!
Finding a place in a college town can be a bit of a chore. As the school year comes to a close, swarms of college students are looking for rentals and snatching them up quicker than you can say “How many parking spaces come with the unit?” You have to take on the task of finding your rental with the same intensity you used when finishing your classes…all out, nothing-held-back, not gonna eat until I’m done…effort! (OK, you should eat!) You should start looking the month prior to school getting out if you can. If you didn’t know you would be looking for a place or didn’t have roommates chosen yet, then you need to start looking as quickly as possible. The good news is that you can ask a realtor to help you, and you DON’T have to pay them! When securing a rental, they are paid by the owner or complex, NOT YOU!
Remember that there will be upfront costs, often consisting of two months of rent (referred to as first and last month’s rent), a security deposit, and any additional costs such as a pet deposit if you are bringing a furry friend with you. Most rentals include at least some utilities, so your monthly utility costs should be fairly low, especially when splitting those costs with roommates.
Once you have found a place, you probably need to furnish it! Craigslist and online marketplaces such as Facebook Marketplace are great places to look for inexpensive furniture. Yard sales are another excellent place to look. You should always buy new bed mattresses. Other than that, look for things in good condition at a decent price. If you find a nice sofa set for $300, then split that with two roommates, it’s only costing you $100 each! That’s a great price to have something to sit on besides your hard tile floor or maybe your yoga mat. Thrift shops are another great place to hunt for needed items, especially kitchen items like dishes, silverware, and pots and pans.
At Florida Moving Systems we know all about moving. We know this is an exciting time for you! If you need help transporting furniture or boxes, we are definitely the movers to call in the Melbourne, FL and Palm Bay areas. We can help make your move easy, so you can focus on all the other details. Give us a call for a free estimate today, and happy moving!