By Alexandria “Wisteria” Prejido, Staff writer
“Where am I gonna live?” is the most common question among incoming college freshmen or college students who are nearing the end of a lease. Apartment hunting can be both enjoyable and stressful at the same time. However, if done correctly, you can save much time and money.
Before looking up apartments in newspaper listings or on the internet, you need to decide what you really want in an apartment. Consider what price range you are comfortable with as well as how much space you really need. . How many bedrooms do you need? Does it include private baths or will you have to share with your roommate? Does it have access to university transportation? Write down what you are willing to work with.
Once you begin hunting, start by checking listings in the local newspapers of the college town or on the internet. Good websites to help your initial search for apartments are apartments.com and campusrent.com.
During your search, write down the apartments that you like along with the number of bedrooms and baths, square feet and amenities that they offer. Be sure to check out the community environment. Many listings provide pictures of their community, the inside of the apartment and the floor plan. Make sure you write the ones that meet your standards.
Once you narrow your hunt to a few options, give the leasing offices a call to check their availability. Sometimes you will find that some complexes have no availability and knowing this information beforehand can save you time and a long drive. In the event that there is no availability, you should also ask when one may be available.
After calling the offices of the complexes for information, it’s time to drive out and check the apartment in person. Get directions from the main highway to each apartment that you want to check out. This way, once you finished visiting one complex, you can always head back to the main highway and go to the next one.