Can you believe college students are all getting ready to move back to school? When your college student told you in January that they were looking around for off-campus housing, it seemed like the future, but it is here.
It’s almost hard to imagine that your child won’t be living in a dorm, but rather an apartment isn’t it? Leases are signed, packing is happening, and roommates all are still so fresh that all is great! The storage space in your garage or middle of the basement is about to be emptied of all its college contents. Hooray! For some, moving off campus is not a struggle, for others, it can be overwhelming.
As a parent of a young adult, you still need to lend a hand in moving off-campus, from budgeting to crowd control. Moving off-campus is a huge step into adulthood, guidance while not always welcome is necessary.
Additionally, hard-knock experiences are waiting to welcome them if they are not prepared ahead. Lavishly live life out loud, celebrate their arrival into adulthood (lol) and use these 5 off-campus housing tips you need to know before you move in.
5 Off-Campus Housing Tips You Need To Know
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What’s best about this whole process is when you are moving in or moving out, you have nothing more than the basics to plop on into a car and move out! ♥♥♥ I’ll give you more insight on this as we progress in the article so you too can utilize this service!
#1 Parents Suggest & Then Step Back
You (or your student is) moving into their first apartment off-campus. Truly this is the first step into adulthood. There are so many loose ends that need to be tied up and considered. If you can prep your student, chances are things will go smoothly.
After all, we have all walked their path and are a few steps ahead. Allow your wisdom and knowledge to begin to lay a foundation. Remember, this, however, ‘You can only lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.” Young adults struggle to be independent of us and do not always welcome our suggestions.
My best advice on this is to provide suggestions and then let the door of hard knocks open if they deviate. The apartment has been chosen already as have the roommates, so now the fun begins, or the chaos, depending on the person and the roommates. Ready for this?
Tip #2- Budgeting
It’s all about the money, honey or so they say. Your student needs to pay their monthly rent, as do their roommates. Rent needs to be paid on time each month without exception. Each person is responsible for their own share, however, you can only help your student stay on track.
Send a text reminder a few days ahead of rental for the first few months, or have them auto-schedule their payment through their checking. This eliminates the need to even think about paying the rent because Auto-Pay does it for them!
Tip #3 Splitsville
Perhaps the hardest part is the easiest at the beginning and then it falls apart, it’s known as ‘splitting food prep, shopping, and cleaning chores’ as well as utilities. Now that you are in an apartment with your ‘besties’ you all need to figure out how things are going to work. Is one person going to cook?
Are you all going to cook your own meals? Are you going to separate the fridge into separate sections for each of you to hold your groceries? Or maybe you are all going to split the staples like milk, bread, cereal and a bowl of fruit and then purchase your other items on your own?
All things considered, this is a big deal, because you will unquestionably end up with one person ‘hoarding whatever is in the fridge and not take a turn restocking. Additionally, utilities need to be split evenly among 2, 3 or 4 of you living there and paid on time.
Once you receive the bill, ask for a PayPal Transfer or POP transfer from everyone or alternate who pays the utilities. Again, a reminder text is great, a calendar reminder and a group text, do whatever it takes to keep current on your bills.
Tip #4 Save Your BackFurniture Rental
Rather than making a huge move into a temporary apartment, make it easier. Rental Furniture is perfect for all your apartment furnishings. There are different packages available, and most are based on 12-month rentals.
Did you know that you can have a bed and frame delivered and assembled, as well as a couch, and a dining table too? If you need more or less furniture, etc, the options are all there.
All you have to do is split the cost with your roommates. Best of all, no one has to haul furniture up steps, around crazy bends and so on, it’s all done for you. When you are done with school at the end of your lease the Furniture Rental place should swing on by (with a premade appointment) and picks up your furniture.
You never have to lift a finger and you won’t’ need friends and family to help you out of there! Truly you are on the road to independence! Consider this for college students transitioning into an apartment that live very far away from their homes.
Or for those students who have no way to get their home items to the college dorm. There are plenty of students that do not have family or friends to help them move or they have no means to do such. Your responsibility is those things like sheets, and clothing that you need to pack up and take with you, that’s it!
Tip #5 Property & Safety
Since you are moving in, you probably already evaluated the area for safety. Make sure to lock all the locks at night and keep windows closed when you are away. Do not replicate keys for friends, this is a license to disaster.
When those spans of break roll around, like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break, do make sure to either stop the mail or ask your next-door neighbors if they could pick it up. Do not announce on Social Media you won’t be at your place.
Respect the apartment, as if it were yours. Do not trash it, or ruin the flooring and the walls. Remember, not only are you legally bound by contracts signed to maintain the property, but it will cost you dearly if you do not abide.
Landlords enforce contracts to the fullest extent and this could harm your future applications as a tenant elsewhere as well as your credit. Keep the exterior trash compiled and tidy and park where you are able. If you have guests over they need to comply as well, or they should not be guests, which brings me to the last part of the suggestions.