Why You Should Consider Off Campus Housing
Choosing where you want to live can be tough. With exams on your mind and all of the homework you might have, you might not think too much about where you plan on living next year. You might have already viewed some tips on choosing off-campus housing, but might be unsure of where you want to live. Here are some reasons why you should consider leasing an off-campus apartment.
Quinnipiac & Yale Students: Consider Off Campus Apartments
More Privacy & Space
Many on-campus accommodations require you to have another roommate or share a communal bathroom/showers. Living off-campus will allow you to potentially have your own bedroom and bathroom. To save money, ask a trustworthy friend to be your roommate. You’ll also most likely have more space in an off-campus apartment and more storage space (which includes more space to sprawl out while studying.)
While on-campus housing will include all residents your age, there are many hidden costs. While most university housing options will have common spaces to mingle with other residents, some residence halls may lack basic amenities. For example, Aspen Glen in New Haven offers in-unit washers/dryers, a built-in dishwasher, and a clubhouse with swimming pool. You’ll also be able to park your car close to your apartment, which can make travel to/from campus a less stressful experience.
Your lease off-campus will usually be a one-year lease. Should you find an internship in Connecticut, you will be able to live in your apartment after the school year ends. No worrying about moving out while studying for your exams! This will also allow you to easily adapt to the new school year when you are ready to head back to class.
Cook Your Own Food
Miss home cooked meals while you’re away at college? Simply ask for the recipe, and you can create it in your very own kitchen! Living off campus means you’ll have a full kitchen to cook your own food. According to NBC News, cooking for yourself compared to college meal plans can save you several thousands of dollars. Meal plans at Quinnipiac range from $1,050 to $1,450 per semester, while meal plans at Yale cost $3,325 per semester.
An Opportunity to Build Your Credit
According to FICO, 15 percent of your total credit score is based on how long an account has been open, and when the most recent action has taken place. So, why not start now? The simplest way to build credit is by paying rent and utilities on time. This will help you after you graduate, should you need a new automobile or need to find a new place to call home. To help avoid missed payments, set calendar reminders for when each bill is due.
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