Moving into your first apartment can be a major lifestyle change, and although living on your own can be an exciting time in your life, it can also be a challenging transition as well.
Taking the time to research your options and find the right apartment to call home can be key to a great first year on your own. Here are a few of our best tips for moving into your first apartment:
Get The Most For Your Money
Let’s be honest, those renting their first apartments aren’t usually made of money, so you’ll want to choose an apartment that will give you the most bang for your buck. Most college campuses have apartment communities specifically geared towards students that are jam packed with amenities such as pools, fitness centers, campus shuttles, and computer/study rooms.
Some communities like The Village at Bluegrass in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and Level 27 in Oxford, Ohio even come fully furnished – which can be a huge financial and physical relief come move-in day.
Know Your Lease
The one thing you don’t want to happen when living in an apartment is to be evicted. Being careless can jeopardize both you and your roommates and can have serious consequences. Some parts of your lease that you may want to pay extra attention to are any pet policies, noise policies or decorating policies.
Before you move-in, it is important to coordinate with any future roommates before your lease starts so that you are all on the same page and to avoid future conflict. Things to keep in mind before move-in day include who will be in charge of what bills, who is bringing what house items so that there are no unnecessary duplicates, and bedroom assignments.