Moving off-campus for the first time can be a confusing and overwhelming process - but it doesn't have to be! From setting up utilities to purchasing the necessities - our article will help set you up for success and have you waiving goodbye to your dorm room.
Setting Up a Budget for Success
Your budget determines EXACTLY what you are able to pay per month for your apartment/house - so plan wisely! Moving off-campus can incur several costs that should be planned for, including:
- Monthly rent + the security deposit
- Renter's Insurance (If landlord requires)
- Utilities (electricity, water, cable TV, Internet, delivery services, etc.)
- Food & Grocery Shopping
- Furnishing and decorating costs (if your rental is unfurnished)
Check out this article for tips on budgeting: www.clevergirlfinance.com/blog/college-student-budget/
Riding Solo? Or Roommates
Living alone is a dream for some, and a nightmare for others. Pick what you like and plan accordingly! If you'd like to live on your own, start your search early since Studios & 1-Bedrooms typically lease first, and prepare to pay a bit more $$$.
(Pro Tip: 2-Bedrooms make for a great work-from home-space and often get you a better deal).
If you want to save money and already have a group of dependable friends you'd like to live with, start that conversation early! Understand how much money each person is responsible for and start your search with those numbers in mind.
You can also find roommates through Facebook Groups & Online Forums as well - such as www.roomsurf.com
Find Your Perfect Location
What are some of your must-haves? Do you need a washer/dryer in-unit? Is parking important or do you not have a long commute to worry about? Do you prefer remodelled or does that not matter as much (cost savings)? These are questions that will help provide your rental company with EXACTLY you are looking for, so don't be afraid to make a list.
If you are unsure of where you might like to be located around the OSU Campus, here is a helpful map to show local landmarks and rentals available: www.hometeamproperties.net/osu-off-campus-housing
Develop a Plan & Make it Happen
Now that you have your budget in mind, have your roommates picked out, and a prime location in mind - it's time to start searching! Start calling rental companies early on in the year, if not the year before. You can sign leases well in advance thanks to 3D Tours.
Final Steps for Success
You did it! You went from moving into your dorm room freshman year, to now you've taken the next big step and gotten yourself ready for off-campus living! Be proud of this step and cherish these memories. Here are the last few things you'll need to verify before moving into your new apartment:
- All deposits paid and any leases for all roommates turned back in
- Renters Insurance Information submitted to rental company
- Move-in date confirmed
- Any special requests communicated
And that's it! Welcome home