If you’re a college student, you can benefit from renting a furnished apartment. This is especially true if you’re attending a college or university in another state, and plan to go back home during the summers, spring breaks and winter breaks. You can also benefit from renting one if you already live close by. Here are 4 benefits to consider:
1 – Use of Appliances and Electronics
A furnished apartment is also likely to have appliances and electronics that aren’t available for use in a typical rental situation. Some appliances that you can ask about include:
-DVD player and television
-Alarm clock and wall clocks
The landlord may not think to offer any of these or other appliances to you, but if you ask, she may be open to it. When you visit the apartment, ask about the appliances and electronics you see and whether they will be included in the rental.
2 – Saves You Time
When you move into a furnished apartment, you don’t have to take the extra time needed to set up a new apartment. It can take a month or two to really settle into a new place, and that’s time you may not have. Between school orientation, classes, studying and a job on campus, any extra time you have may be limited. Moving furniture in or decorating is the last thing you’ll want to deal with.
3 – No Need to Hire Professional Movers
Moving furniture to your next apartment may require the help of professional movers. Many companies do a good job, but for a hefty fee in some cases. As a college student, you may be pinching pennies to buy textbooks or a used car, and hiring a professional mover is not always affordable. When you rent a furnished apartment, you don’t have to worry about that. Your clothes and books can fit in a car, even if it takes you a couple trips or more to move.
4 – Utilities
Some utility companies require a large deposit before they will open accounts in customers’ names. A few do that because some customers have a history of paying utility bills late. Other companies make it a standard policy no matter who they are dealing with. One way to avoid the deposit, which can quickly add up when you need several utilities turned on, is to rent a furnished apartment. Not all of these apartments include utilities, but some do. You would pay the landlord, who then in turn pays the utility company. Everything is kept in your landlord’s name, and she bears the risk of non-payment from you. The both of you can work out a flat fee to add to the rent, or you may have to reimburse the landlord based on actual use.
You can find furnished apartments near campus by checking:
-boards at local coffee shops
-flyers stapled to telephone poles