Moving off Campus

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    Feb 07, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    Okay guys I have a couple quick questions. I'm moving off campus in May, which is way harder than actually going off to college. I mean its Houston and so many options. Do any of you have any tips or ideas to make this process alot easier ? I've budgeted but I will have to find a roommate which could be even harder than finding an apartment.
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    Feb 08, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    If you're relying on a roomy to afford off campus housing, be sure to budget in what would happen if the roomy vacates.

    Oh, and that tends to happen very close to 100% of the time.
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    Feb 08, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    what Paul said....see about getting a contract and sharing the deposit with any roomy. Be nice to know them before you find out they have a freezer full of friends...........naw, just fucking wit ya..................Keithicon_wink.gif
  • allatonce

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    Feb 08, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    I would also define what roles and responsibilities will be. Sounds stupid but may help. Most people when they move out of dorms to living with friends find conflicts that didn't exist before and friendships can get damaged. In a dorm you may just go the caf to eat, at your place, you need to make food. While requires that dishes will be washed and your food will not be eaten. This can not be the case more often than you would like. You might also get annoyed if you feel like it is always you doing all the little chores like taking out garbage, sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, and paying for small incidentals like toilet paper and random things you may not consider. Good to have clear expectations before you start to avoid frustrations.
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    Feb 08, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    stilsurchin saidBe nice to know them before you find out they have a freezer full of friends...........
    Free food FTW! Borat.gif
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    Feb 08, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidIf you're relying on a roomy to afford off campus housing, be sure to budget in what would happen if the roomy vacates.

    Oh, and that tends to happen very close to 100% of the time.


    This. I've never been big on the prospect of living with someone I didn't know for a while, and hell, I had a 7 year friendship nearly come to a crashing halt because 6 months of living together.

    That said, I know people who've been roommates for 3+ years and the best of friends who met off craigslist or some strange place... just be smart about it and budget what would happen if you were left with the full portion of the rent/utilities for 2-3 months until you could find a replacement. Remember, you'll be responsible for the full rent even if someone were to move out in the middle of the night (always best to be prepared).

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    Feb 08, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    I lived on campus for all 5 years of my undergrad. Food service is very, very nice. Plus, if you live alone or with someone you dislike, you can eat with other people. Didn't need a car either.
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    Feb 08, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    I'm not sure what the area is like where you go to school but a lot of places have "roommate matching" if you cant find a roommate. I would of course suggest finding someone you know to room with but I will tell you that I was roommate matched and me and the guys actually became really good friends.

    Also be very careful when you go apartment hunting because when you go to an area where its mostly students the land lords tend to be even shadier because they know students don't tend to know much when it comes to that kind of stuff.

    Good Luck

  • TheIStrat

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    Feb 08, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    Be close enough that you won't need a car to get to campus. Saves lots of money. I rode a bike. Gas prices will rise a lot before you graduate.
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    Feb 08, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    As a guy who lives off campus now, in a place with a lot of options.

    Shop around
    Sign in about a month if you want something good
    Make sure it is in the price range
    Check realtors, not just apartment complexes, they sometimes have good stuff
    Make sure the place doesn't have shitty internet
    Make it closer to campus if possible. You may say you can bike or commute, but not really
    Be near people you know. Its a bitch to walk back sometimes.

    MAKE SURE YOU AND YOU'RE ROOM MATE UNDERSTAND whats OPEN IN THE FRIDGE
    are you sharing the food bill? Or is it separate?

    And have an open mind when you live with them, living off campus, as you said, can be hard.
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    I agree with a lot of the other poeple on here. Here are a few key points tha have been touched on that you need to keep in mind.

    1. If you need a roommate to make the bills make sure you can do it when they leave. If you don't already know them you prally won't get along.

    2. See if you can find an apartment that allows the rent to be split between the tennants and if one leave you are not liable. The college town I went too did that all the time. Great added benefit.

    3. Utilities are a big expense everyone forgets about. Make sure to over budget for them. It's always higher. Also if you can find a place that includes all or most of the utilites the better. I got an apartment for $410 a month that included all utilites except phone and cable. Awesome. Cheaper then if I had a roommate.

    4. Why do you want to move off campus? I moved off campus so I could be myself more but did like living on the campus. Hopefully you are not running from something.

    5. Do you get along with your current roommate? Maybe the two of you could get an apartment together.

    Take it slow and look around. Parking is another big issue.

    Wish you the best of luck.
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    I never had a successful time with r/m's in college. I lived off campus my entire time to save money. I had a r/m ditch me. Paul is right.

    And let me restate what others have said: Do NOT room with a friend.
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    If you're moving off campus then I would suggest finding an area close enough to campus that doesn't alter your time schedule but at the same time is far enough to where you don't feel like you are still on campus and have to deal with campus shenanigans.

    As for the roomie situation you want someone who has the money to pull his/her weight in the place and is reliable enough to pay on time with no bogus excuses or is just blatantly irresponsible financially. Someone who communicates well and will come to you if there's a problem in the living conditions and won't wait til the last minute to discuss stuff with you. Someone who will who is social but also minds their own business and can give you space.

    I would also suggest living within your means. Should you have a fallout with your roomie then have enough saved up to at least pay rent for 6 months.
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    msuNtx said I've budgeted but I will have to find a roommate which could be even harder than finding an apartment.


    come live with me!! I am doing the same situation just miles and miles away
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    make sure to get an idea of who your roomie is before moving in, past experiences, SWAT team @ 5am not fun.

    also if you are going to have more then one roomie, make sure its a mixture of guys and girls.
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    I'm moving off because it will be cheaper. I'm paying 550 a month now and then I'm forced to sign up for a meal plan that costs 1600 bucks, which isn't worth the crap I eat. I also work off campus so this wouldn't really waste anymore gas since I'm looking halfway between campus and my job. And no people in Houston do not bike to work unless you live and work in the Medical Center, other than that you use a car.
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    I've had better luck finding my roommates off Craigslist then moving in with friends. Avoid moving in with friends.
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    Feb 08, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    jeez, $1,600 for the meal plan? Moving off campus is cheaper and is a smart move.

    Make sure laundry is on site in the apartment. It can be a real pain to schlep your laundry to a laundrymat- especially in the winter.

    I also agree with everyone else on not moving in with friends, that can really kill a friendship.
  • ohioguy12

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    Feb 08, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidBe close enough that you won't need a car to get to campus.


    Don't underestimate this piece of advice for a variety of reasons, not only could it save money, but also so you're less likely to skip classes, and I just think the whole college experience is way different the further you live off campus, especially if you're a partier or want to hang out or study with more college type people.

    Also like someone else said, don't live with close friends, I've seen a lot of people lose friends that way.
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    Feb 08, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    Take your budget and add some for booze, house repairs, and munchies.
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    Feb 08, 2011 6:19 AM GMT
    Adding to what has been mentioned above, assuming the off-campus housing facility is unfurnished, I recommend not splitting the cost of appliances and furniture. That way, when it comes time to move out in the future, the ownership of the microwave, sofa, etc. will be clearly delineated. Also, the best advice for where to live will probably be found by speaking with the upperclassmen who live off campus. Their perspective will be more accurate and honest compared to fancy apartment/condo websites.