Trying to find an apartment for the next school year can be stressful as a student. Trust me, I know. This guide is to show you that maybe it doesn’t have to be that stressful after all. In the back of your mind you may often be thinking the worst that could happen. Take my experience for example, at the beginning of sophomore year I was hounded by my peers with questions like “did you find a place yet?” or “you better hurry up before everything is gone”. This not only made me anxious, but also afraid of how quickly things were going. Moral of the story, I waited until June and luckily found a place for my roommates and me. While I do not recommend waiting until 2 months before school starts to find your future apartment, I also want you to know that it isn’t the end of the world.
So, where do you start? When you begin to figure out your living situation next year, make sure to consider all factors of what you are looking for. Are you going to have a roommate? 2 or more roommates? Are you not sure? The roommate factor is an important, if not the most important, deciding factor involved in determining where you will live next year. Here at First Site, we not only offer leases to those who have already chosen their future roommates, we also offer roommate matching. The process involves placing residents with others who need help finding enough roommates to fill the apartment they want to sign for.
Once you know how many bedrooms you are interested in, and if you are interested in the roommate match option, the next step is to determine your price point. This will help both you and your agent in deciding what your options are. One of the most common misconceptions among college students today is that apartment living is more expensive that the dorms. But let’s say you currently live in Watterson dorm in a super single: You’ve decided you’ll be living by yourself next school year and are not looking to spend over $800 a month. You see on our website that Sugar Creek Apartments has a 1-bedroom unit for $809 for a 12-payment lease, but you are still on the fence about if that is out of your budget. A common thing students and parents are unaware of, is the cost of living in the dorms over the course of 2 semesters. The cost of living in a super single in Watterson was $14,869.00 during the 2018/2019 school year. If you decided to live in the Sugar Creek 1-bedroom for $809 for the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters, it would be $9,708.00. That means, you would be saving $5,161.00 and you’d also have a place to stay over the summer!
After you have decided if you’ll be having roommates and determined your budget for where you want to live next year, the next step is to schedule an appointment with a First Site Leasing Agent to go view some apartments. This is the beginning of the First Site process. You’ll meet the professional staff and engage with passionate people who are all alumni of ISU. You can contact us by phone, in person, or through the chat feature on our website if you have any questions/concerns and we’ll be happy to help. So, what are you waiting for? Come on in!