Spring is here, which means that it’s time for students to start thinking about where to live in the fall. Fort Collins is a great city for off-campus student housing, as you can see from our comprehensive list of available student properties. Whether this is your first time looking for off-campus housing or you’ve been renting for years, we are here to help you find the apartment, house, duplex, or condo of your dreams! In this blog, we share four tips on how to find the perfect off-campus student accommodation so that you can go into fall semester with confidence.
Determine Your Budget
Before you start searching, you’ll want to figure out which rentals you can actually afford. That way, you won’t be disappointed when you find out that that mountain-view, five-bedroom house that you’d had your heart set on is simply out of reach. When figuring out how much you can afford for housing, you not only want to take into account the cost of rent, but also the cost of the security deposit, utilities (water, gas, and electric), trash collection, internet, and any fees to keep your pet at your rental, if applicable. These things can quickly add up, so it’s important to calculate them first in order to determine how much you have left for the rent itself. Ideally, you don’t want more than 30% of your income (that includes student loans) going towards rent.
Start Searching ASAP
If you’re reading this and haven’t begun your off-campus housing search for fall, go now! While there are always last-minute options available, you’ll want to start searching right away (ideally in spring semester) in order to get the best shot at finding the rental of your dreams. The rental market in Fort Collins can, unfortunately, be very competitive. The early bird gets the worm, so head over to our student properties listings and get searching!
Consider Different Amenities
While searching, it’s important to think about what amenities you need versus which ones you want. Do you absolutely dread hand washing? Be realistic and save your roommates the hassle of having to deal with your dirty dishes by opting for a place with a dishwasher, even if it costs a little more. Can’t stand the Colorado summer heat? Make sure that your new pad has an air conditioner, and that it works! Other amenities you may or may not need include on-site laundry, parking, and private outdoor space.
Pick Your Roommate(s)
If you’ve decided that you can’t or don’t want to live solo, then you’ll need to look for a roommate(s). It’s important to find a roommate that has similar standards for cleanliness and lifestyle as you, as well as a personality that’s not too disagreeable. Choosing a friend for a roommate is one great option, but there are other avenues to finding a roommate as well. We recommend using social media or, if you’re a student at Colorado State University, RoomSync, which is CSU’s official roommate-finding app. Rather than going all-in without actually having met your new roommate, it’s important to have an informal chat/interview, even if it’s just over video. Some important questions to ask include:
- What is your work/school schedule?
- Do you smoke or drink?
- What kind of household items would you want to make communal?
- Are you an early bird or a night owl?
- How clean do you like your living space?
Also make sure to ask any questions that pertain to your specific situation, such as whether they are allergic to your pets or if they mind your significant other coming over.
Search Mountain-n-Plains Today!
Ready to get started? Check out our listings of awesome off-campus student properties, most of which are available early to mid-August. We wish you good luck with your housing hunt and a good fall semester!