Going away for college is a leap of faith; it is a decision made not just by one’s parents, but by the individual himself. Furthermore, it’s one that requires courage, responsibility, and the willpower to face and fight the challenges ahead.
Studying away from home requires bigger and perhaps a bit more difficult process of preparation compared to studying in your hometown. And one of the factors that may contribute to this is the need to find a good home away from home. Luckily for upcoming Tallahassee Community College freshmen, there are quite a lot of properties for rent located around the campus.
And while finding just any apartment can be easy, finding one that lives up to standards is just as important. It’s the difficult part of the search to boot – as it can be easy to believe in what the landlord promises and what the eyes can see as far as preliminary oculars are concerned. However, there are ways to ensure that your first college apartment will be your last. These include the following:
- Make sure that the unit is just a walk away from the campus.
A good location more often than not beats all other factors. It can also be a huge redeeming factor to bad conditions like the unit looking and feeling too outdated, or lack of amenities like a tub or water heater that’s readily installed. Moreover, a favorable location that’s near key areas of interest like malls, groceries, pharmacies, and the like will save you money from transportation or gas.
- Weigh your options very carefully.
With the large number of TCC apartments available, it can be a tricky task to look into every single one of them without missing any vital information. For one, landlords will likely be more than eager to conceal all the drawbacks to their place; so, it would take a little bit more than just interrogating them about the unit. Instead, ask those who would not have any bias on the matter like next door neighbors, or friends who had rented the same unit before.
- See to it that the neighborhood in which it’s located is safe and secure.
Safety and security should always be non-negotiable because these put your well-being and life at stake. When choosing your college apartment, ensure that you won’t be living in a sketchy community where you’ll always feel like having to look over your back. More importantly, choose a community where harmonious living among neighbors is evident. You will see how this can benefit you not just as a resident in the area but also as a student trying to achieve his goals.
- Look into the interiors and their overall functionality.
When checking out a unit, make sure that you check the lighting conditions, as well as the integrity of the piping system. Good lighting is important because of course, as a student you will be expected to do a lot of studying and paper works. Meanwhile, piping systems that need fixing can prove to be a lot of hassle, and if you’ve got your hands on more important concerns like academics, you wouldn’t want to be bothered.
Cedric Loiselle is a talented and passionate writer who enjoys providing useful information for the real estate niche.