Transitioning From Dorm Life To Apartment Life
Moving away to college can be one of the most exciting points in a young person’s life. For many, moving away to college means living alone on your own for the first time, which comes with a variety of new freedoms that you may not have had when living at home. And if your roommate and others on your floor are friendly, then it’s a great chance to make friends that will last a lifetime.
But after a year or two of living in the dorms, it may be time for you to move out into your own apartment. Apartments come with certain freedoms that you may not have while living on campus, which is just one reason why many upper classman choose to make the transition. But while a new apartment comes with plenty of freedom, it also comes with new responsibilities that you must keep up with.
In order to help you with the move, here are some tips for transitioning from dorm life to apartment life.
Plan In Advance
In a college town, keep in mind that the best apartments go first. Therefore, to make sure that you get a place that you really enjoy, you’ll need to plan well in advance with your preparation. Even if you don’t plan to move until next August, you’ll want to start your apartment search well in advance. Part of that planning also includes getting your credit checked and doing so in well beforehand can inform you as to whether or not you qualify for an apartment. First time renters may need a cosigner, and getting this all taken care of well before your next semester begins will be incredibly helpful.
Do You Need Roommates?
After living in the cramped dorms for a year or two, your dream may be to finally be on your own and away from your peers. However, keep in mind that your college budget may not allow for you to live by yourself. Therefore, think of roommates that you may feel safe living with. You want to make sure you live with people you trust. The last thing you want is to live with someone you can’t, and have to add that list of worries of other things you have going on like academics.
Invest In Furnishings
If your apartment isn’t already furnished, consider investing in furnishings moving forward. Buying a new bed, couch, or other furnishings each time you move can add up tremendously. Therefore, purchase these items just once and you can save in the long run.
Other Items You’ll Need
Along with all of those major furniture items, some other things you’ll need in your new apartment include:
- Cleaning supplies
- Cooking utensils
- Kitchen and Bathroom Towels & Mats
- Paper towels and toilet paper
Make It You
Your first apartment is going to be all yours to decorate as you please. There’s no more worrying about putting holes in your parent’s walls or putting up a poster that your suitemates will make fun of you for. Instead, add pictures, posters, and other personal belongings that will really make your apartment feel like home.