5 Things to Consider When Choosing an Apartment
The time has come! You have been accepted into your dream university in the United States, and it’s time to search for an apartment. With so many options to choose from it could be quite intimidating but we’re here to help you prioritize the main things to keep in mind during your apartment search.
AROUND THE U.S. HOUSING APARTMENTS
This is the most important aspect to consider when you’re an international student studying abroad. Make sure you look over your contract in great detail. This is one of the most important contracts you will sign during your time in the United States. Therefore, you should make sure you fully understand what you’re signing and how long you are guaranteeing to be in the United States. Another important point to remember is to ask questions. It never hurts to ask, and you will walk out feeling comfortable with the apartment.
More likely than not as an international student you won’t be able to tour the apartment. It is always helpful to do some research on the neighborhood you’re looking into. International students have access to different software to check the safety of the city. The area you will move into will highly affect the experience you have in college. Consider how the neighborhood is during the day and night time as well.
Budgeting is an important factor for any college student. Understanding how money works in the United States is very important when searching for an apartment. It is essential to come in with an idea of what you are initially looking to pay for the unit. Prices will differ depending on the city and how expensive it is to live there. For instance, an apartment in New York City is going to cost a lot more than an apartment in Gainesville, FL. Ask yourself if the price of the apartment is fair and if you could afford it for the entire lease term. You will not want to commit to something you can’t maintain paying which might damage your stay as students.
Most apartments in the United States come with a list of community amenities you will have access to for only living at a particular property. Unit amenities will differ for every property and city in which it is located. Before moving to the U.S. write down a list of things you would like to have access to in your unit. Some of the amenities worth considering could include having a washer and dryer or how the air conditioning system works. Another question worth asking is if you are allowed to have your furry friends (pets) with you in the apartment. In some cases, the property manager could work with you and upgrade your unit to one that would have these amenities included.
5. Bus Route
Transportation could be quite the hassle for many college students, but international students are more disadvantaged when it comes to getting around. Keep in mind the connecting bus routes that surround your apartment not only to get to campus but to do groceries or go shopping. Since you will most likely not have access to your personal vehicle this is an important factor to keep in mind when searching for the perfect place.
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Magdianis Martinez is a University of Florida advertising alumni and a marketing specialist intern at US Ready. She was born in Cuba but spent most of her childhood growing up in Miami, Florida. From a young age, she embraced her ethnicity and is prideful in being able to help other international students find their passions through the comfort in the United States. Her favorite things about growing up in Miami was the food and high representation of culture within the city.