If you’re a student, at some point in your college career you will have to move off-campus. Whether that is your sophomore year, senior year, or even after you graduate, it can be a daunting task. You can make this task easier by being prepared. The first step is to evaluate your budget; does moving off campus make financial sense? You want to calculate what you would have to pay for food, cable, electric, gas, internet, and rent. Once you have these numbers, compare them to what you would be paying if you lived on-campus.
If you have come to the conclusion that living off campus is the way to go, then you have to choose whether a house or an apartment is the right fit. The biggest variable with this decision is the number of roommates you will have. If you have 5 people that you are planning on living with, a house may be the cheapest alternative. But if it’s just yourself or you and one friend, renting an apartment is probably the cheapest option for you.
When you have chosen what type of housing works best for you, then you have to pick a location. Location is important because if you don’t have a car then you would need to research bus routes if you wanted to live on the other side of town. There are plenty of downtown living options as well as apartments/houses north of Memorial Stadium that would all be within walking distance of campus. However, there may be more cost effective options further away from campus, so be sure to evaluate many different housing choices to see what would work best in your budget.
Stay tuned for the rest of our mini series on this topic! Our next blog post will be about the next steps to take after you have determined where you want to live.
Written by Tom Myers, SMMC Program Assistant