Apartment hunting can be challenging, especially for students hoping to move before the start of a semester. In big cities and college towns, apartment complexes can quickly go from having plenty of availability to none at all. Luckily, there are a few things students can do to increase their chances of securing a college apartment.
Below, our team at 48 West shares the best times of the year for students to look for housing, as well as a few apartment hunting tips. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our apartments near GVSU!
May Through August
Generally, the months leading up to the beginning of the new school year are when students’ contracts from the previous year will be expiring. For this reason, summer months are when new students will have the most luck securing an apartment, as there will be many units available. However, keep in mind that this is when countless other students will be searching as well. Come prepared and be ready to sign a housing contract on an apartment you love, else it might be taken by another student.
November Through January
During the winter months, students will have a harder time finding an apartment but may be able to get a good deal on one. Especially around the holidays, leasing companies will offer deals to incentivize renters, and prices will drop as the market becomes less competitive. For students who may be starting in the winter semester, November through January is a convenient time to secure a cheap apartment.
Student Apartment Hunting Tips
Start The Search Early
The rental market is competitive, so the sooner you start your search, the better. Typically, renters will have the best luck when searching a month or two before their preferred move-in date. Most leasing companies require tenants to give notice of their departure at least 60 days in advance, so two months ahead of time they’ll know which units will be available.
Make A Budget
When searching for an apartment, try to adhere to a strict budget. Consider whether or not an apartment includes utilities and how that will affect the overall cost of living there. For freshmen, furnished apartments with plenty of amenities can help save money upfront by eliminating external expenses such as buying new furniture or getting a gym membership.
Don’t miss out on the apartment of your dreams because you aren’t prepared! Bring photo identification, proof of renters insurance, money order or cashiers check, and have all the necessary documents and papers on hand, ready to go, so that you can secure your ideal apartment right away.