College gives most people some of their best memories, but everyone can agree dorms aren’t exactly the ideal housing environment. So when you have the opportunity to live on your own, take it! Finding the right off-campus housing that fits your needs doesn’t have to be difficult. The team at Munson Realty in La Crosse, WI, has been helping area students find housing for 30 years. Follow their top tips to make your search a success.
How to Find Off-Campus Housing
1. Consider the Neighborhood
Since you won’t be living within the confines and safety of your college campus anymore, it’s important to drive around and research potential neighborhoods. For example, learn about crime rates, and stop by the location at night to make sure you’ll feel safe once you’ve moved there. In addition, think about the resources you might need, such as public transportation and grocery stores.
2. Determine Your Desired Amenities
Depending on your location, houses and apartments for rent will have a variety of amenities. Do you need on-site or in-unit laundry? Do you prefer to have a dishwasher? Do you want a fitness center or pool? Does parking cost extra? You can shrink your housing search based on the amenities you need and the ones you’re willing to compromise on. This step will also help you decide on your budget, since the amenities offered by a property will impact the rent.
3. Calculate Your Budget
Your budget will help you narrow down your housing search, since you don’t want to look at places that stretch your finances too thin. Live within your means, and be realistic about what you can spend. A large kitchen or walk-in closets aren’t necessarily worth the extra cost. Issues with paying rent can also put a strain on your relationship with your landlord. You don’t need to deal with that additional stress on top of your schoolwork.
Do you need help finding off-campus housing in the La Crosse or Onalaska areas? Munson Realty will work closely with you to find student rentals that fit your requirements. They’re conveniently located across from Angel Hall on the UW-La Crosse campus. Start your search by visiting their website, which has a list of available off-campus housing rentals. You can also call (608) 785-7187 to speak with an agent.