10 tips for living in your first off-campus apartment

Dorm life is a horrible experience for me. Cupboard is weak, my roommate and I do not exactly get along, they will easily become cluttered with clothes and I shared a bathroom with three other girls – none of whom choose to clean.

That being said, I am more than happy to pitch the idea of moving into an apartment with my parents for my second year in college. Since my brother was allowed the same privilege, I figured it would be easier for me to get my way. I just need to find the best bang for my investment. My parents refused to pay more than $ 600 for rent, (keep in mind I went to school in Austin, so $ 600 is pretty cheap) but I need a place that is a good size, offering my bedroom on my own and, of course , a kitchen.


Since moving into my first apartment, I was more than disappointed at the lack of amenities in the living room I was allocated to me. Where I expect revitalized, cozy nest, I have met with pest and damaged equipment.

I was in a precarious position in which to stay my second year in college, so to ease the burden on apartment dwellers future find new pad luxury, here is a list of 25 things you need to do / know before moving into your apartment college first.

1. Do not base your opinion off the apartment complex models they show you during your visit. Talk to people who lived there before you and get their opinion before you sign the lease.

2. Make sure you know at least one of your roommate.

3. grocery store in bulk. Buy a bunch of flesh, cut them and freeze them so you will have an idea of dinner is provided.

4. Write down and take a picture all wrong with the apartment when you move. That way, you will not be charged for property damage when it is time for you to go.


5. Get to know your neighbors.

6. Create a Google doc with your roomie to document who is bringing what so you do not all appear to move in the day to copy items.

7. Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment – using it.

8. Remember what groceries you buy. And if you lost something, do not be afraid to deal with both your roommate about it.

9. Use the form to request maintenance when needed. Do not fear that you will interfere with the management of your complex. Paying $ 600 a month for rent means 600 for everything in your apartment to be perfect.

10. Do not forget to pay your rent – their late fees can be a killer.