Clare Dickson. Apartment. June 28th , 2018.
The independence of renting your first apartment is exciting, but don't allow your excitement to overshadow reason. Being a first-time renter is challenging and requires responsibility. Before you start viewing apartments, take some time to define your needs and calculate a budget. Add up all of your monthly income, including financial aid, and multiply this number by 0.3. The resulting value is 30% of your monthly income and roughly the amount you can comfortably spend on rent. Only consider apartments for rent with a cost close to this number. Now, do you have pets? Are you open to a roommate? What amenities do you prefer? Do you have transportation, or will you need to walk to class? Ask yourself questions like these, and stay within your budget to narrow your options.
Sleek and luxurious in its furnishings, these apartments are also practical in the sense that they have a larger living space which allows it to double as a meeting or conference room for those who are on business trips. They also have state-of-the-art kitchens that are fully equipped so you can conveniently cook your own meals. These facilities also usually have their own gym and pool so you can relax and enjoy yourselves without having to spend a dime.
Older rental units from the sixties and seventies often have loud heating and air conditioning issues, and some of the heat pumps for these units are actually installed in the bedroom closet. These older designs can possibly lead to sleeping difficulty for those who are light sleepers. Many people who rent apartment units with a design like this only spend enough time in the unit to finish out one term of their lease and then they get out as quickly as they can. Beware of apartments that have this design if you have any desire at all for a quiet sleep.
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