Camille Rice. Apartment. June 05th , 2018.
In terms of location, Some of you may want to look for an apartment that is accessible. It may be near a department store, a drug store, clinic or whatever establishment you think you may need on a regular basis. This saves you time and money transportation wise. For others, you may want to look for an apartment with a good view. Usually, apartments like these, with good ratings, mean higher cost since you are paying for the view.
It is crucial that you rent an apartment that is in a neighborhood that fits your needs. If you need work or you like the nightlife, choose an area with restaurants, clubs and shopping centers nearby. It helps to use Google Earth to get a feel for the place, but once again don't base your entire opinion of a place on online screenshots. Places often look different from what you see online.
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.
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