Finding apartments for students can be difficult, especially when you’re on a tight budget. On the one hand, you want to live close to campus, but you don’t want to spend more than necessary. You also want an apartment that is comfortable and spacious. This post will give you a quick overview of student apartments so you can decide if one is right for you.
What is the difference between a dorm and a student apartment? A student apartment is one that is located off-campus and owned by an independent party – separate from the college or university. Student housing is different from dorm rooms. Dorms are located on-campus at many universities and operated by the school.
1. A student apartment is not the same as a dorm.
Dorms are managed by the university and may have an overseer to make sure that everyone abides by the rules. There may be vending machines located nearby and an on-site cafeteria for meals. A student apartment is managed by a landlord or property manager and tenants only need to abide by the rules of the property such as no loud music after 10 pm, no overnight guests, and pets must be on a leash. In a student apartment, there are fewer rules and more freedom.
2. Student apartments may not be furnished.
Some student apartments may have furniture for you to use in the room such as a bed, mini-fridge, and desk or dresser. Some may not have any furniture, you may have to bring your own bed and furniture to use. That is one good question to ask when inquiring about a student apartment is, “Is it furnished?” If you already have your own furniture it won’t be a big deal if it isn’t.
3. By the room, or by the bed?
When you live in an apartment, you either have the whole place to yourself, or you have roommates who share the rent and utilities. You often have your own room, but share the kitchen, bathroom, and living areas. Some student apartments rent by rooms, and some rent by the bed. What that means is that you may end up sharing a bedroom and have a bed or a bunk in a shared bedroom. Similar to a situation like summer camp. Everyone shares a cabin and the sleeping areas are divided by beds. So, a 3 bedroom apartment may have 6 tenants living there, two people to a room. This is another question to ask a property manager, especially if you don’t want a shared living space.
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