Cookeville, Tennessee
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How to Look for Off-Campus Housing August 31, 2020

Cookeville, Putnam
How to Look for Off-Campus Housing, Cookeville, Tennessee

Housing is often one of the first aspects that students have to think about after getting accepted to college. While your search may begin with on-campus housing, it’s important to thoroughly explore off-campus rental properties and to understand the benefits of picking this option. 

Why Students Choose to Live Off-Campus 

At many schools, on-campus housing is limited and highly competitive, so the options dry up quickly. Off-campus housing, on the other hand, is flexible and abundant. It’s common to find nice rental properties that are within walking or biking distance of campus, and rent costs are normally within range of what a student can afford.

Contracts tend to be friendly as well, with month-to-month options or semester-long leases. Off-campus housing also offers plenty of variety. You can find homes, apartments, studios, or shared rooms that fit your budget and needs. 

How to Search for Off-Campus Housing

apartment-rentalsThe first step to the housing search is determining if you’ll live with roommates or live on your own. If you’ll have roommates, you’ll need to work as a team to find housing that meets everyone’s needs. The next step is to figure out your budget. Remember that in addition to rent, you may have utilities, a security deposit, pet fees, or other costs that are critical to account for.

After you’ve nailed down those details, it’s important to start your search as soon as possible to get ahead of the competition. Look for apartment rentals online, in local newspapers, on bulletin boards, through referrals, or with help from a leasing agent who is familiar with the area.

Consider the most important factors, like safety, distance from campus, amenities, affordability, and the area, while making your decision. As you find places that meet your criteria, be quick to apply, and to provide anything that the leasing company needs to vet your application. By acting quickly, you’ll leave a good impression and get ahead of others. 


If you’re searching for student apartment rentals in Putnam County, TN, get in touch with Buckner Properties. They’ve provided people in the Cookeville area with safe, clean, and comfortable housing since 1964, and they’re known for their excellent customer service. You can view their available apartments online or speak to a leasing specialist at (931) 526-2104. 

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