Are you looking at moving into off campus housing? Whether you are a student of USF, UT, or another college or university in Hillsborough County, off campus housing offers apartments with larger floor plans than most on-campus apartments or dorms. It can also provide you a glimpse of the real world, as you will need to develop a budget, manage your time wisely with commuting, and have neighbors that range in age. While financial savings and space are two of the most common benefits, here are a few that you may not have thought of.
If you are coming from on-campus housing, you’ve probably experienced sharing bedrooms with roommates, or sharing bathrooms with an entire suite or floor. Moving off campus can allow you to at least get your own bedroom, and even your own bathroom. To save money, think of potential roommates who you can trust.
Have Your Own Car
As an on-campus resident, you may have not been able to bring your car with you. Living off campus will allow you have a car and do things at your own leisure, like grocery shopping, catching some sun at the beach, and maybe a trip home every once in a while to visit friends and family. With most of our apartments, parking can be found right near your front door. You’ll be able to truly live like a local.
Ability to Renew
With most on-campus housing, the place you call home changes every year. If you decide that you want to stay in the same apartment off campus, you can! For example, our leases last one year and are renewable, so you can stay in the same place if you enjoy where you live.
Amenities You Can’t Find on Campus
While you might find amenities like a volleyball or tennis courts, there’s some things you won’t find on campus. Some apartments come with in-unit washers or dryers making laundry day a breeze. You can also find Florida apartment complexes with swimming pools to cool down after a long day of class, and enjoy apartments with newer appliances and central air. You’ll also be able to head to the off-campus apartment fitness center on days where you might not be on campus due to jobs/internships
An Opportunity to Begin Building 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. You can easily build credit by paying your rent and utilities on-time each month. Set a calendar reminder before each bill is due, or set up autopay. Research which credit cards have the lowest interest rates and which ones are the best for your current situation.
If this your first time moving away from home, take a look at our tips for first time apartment renters.