Summer flew by and here we are, one week away from the start of fall semester at Southern Miss. While most students have already figured out their housing situations, there could be some latecomers who need guidance. When it comes to student housing the first question is always: Do I live in on-campus dormitories or off-campus apartments for rent?
While there is no doubt that everyone should get the dorm experience at some point in their college careers, the benefits of living off-campus are too apparent to ignore.
5 Reasons Why Off-Campus Apartments For Rent Are the Better Choice
Below we outline the five reasons why students should seek apartments for rent over dorms. Also, be aware this information can be forwarded along to your parents in case they need some convincing!
Let’s get this out of the way first – cost efficiency is the major benefit of living in off-campus apartments for rent. A common misconception, it usually shocks people to hear that off-campus living is oftentimes more affordable than on-campus dorms. This is especially true when students are splitting total expenses (rent, utilities, insurance) with roommates.
Also, there are only so many options of dormitories (say up to 5) compared to that of apartments for rent where you can have 100+ quality options – all competing to give you the best price. In addition to competing on price, many apartments for rent will offer lease incentives like deals on application fees or free months rent. All things that lead to major cost savings over the course of an annual lease (12 months).
Student housing development has changed dramatically over the years; with builders realizing that in order to stay competitive they need to offer students enhanced amenities. Many apartments for rent now offer luxurious on-site options like pools and hot tubs, saunas, gyms, study rooms, movie theaters, clubhouses, game rooms and even tanning beds. Trust us, you won’t find many of these at your on-campus dorm.
In addition, for students with four-legged roommates, on-campus living is simply not an option. In this case they would need an off-campus apartment. Today’s communities not only allows pets, but oftentimes come with their own pet-friendly amenities like dog parks and cleaning stations.
Many students who live in the college dorm are able to choose their roommates, but an equal amount does not. These students are rather paired up with roommates and this can either lead to a lasting friendship, or a miserable semester.
When you live in off-campus apartments for rent you most absolutely pick your roommate, whom you no doubt are compatible with, or you choose to live alone. Both options mean a better living environment and college experience.
Better Peace and Privacy
While sharing a dorm room with 1 to 3 other people is usually exciting the first couple months of your freshman year, it loses its luster pretty quick. Say goodbye to peace and privacy.
Dorms are constant fun, which sounds great but is really a double-edged sword. On one hand there is always something going on, but this is not so great when you have a test or paper the next day and can’t hear yourself think.
If you have a focus on grades (which all students do), you are better off renting an off-campus apartment where you have a private bedroom and control over your peace and quiet.
Better Real-World Experience
You can learn about something all you want, but until you put it into practice it’s just an idea. If you want to be prepared for the real world outside of college, then it’s important to live in off-campus apartments for rent.
Here you will learn the responsibility of monthly budgeting, paying rent on-time, setting up and paying for utilities, food shopping and cooking, and cleaning. Pretty much exactly what it means to be an adult living on your own. Mastering this life skill prior to graduation sets you ahead of curve and on better footing when you start your post-college life.
Seeking Apartments For Rent in Hattiesburg or Surrounding Areas?
With over 37 years in the Hattiesburg apartment sector the student housing team at SVN | Southgate Realty has you covered. Whether you are seeking apartments for rent directly across from campus or across town, we have the best options at the best value. Contact us today to discuss your needs and budget and we will help you find the apartment of your student dreams. To start searching now, click HERE.