Whether you’re an international student or planning on studying locally, it’s important to consider your student housing options.
You can choose to live in college dorms or in an off-campus apartment. Either way, your school likely has student housing services that can help you find housing. If not, there are many third-party organizations that provide the same service.
Finding student housing is an important part of the college application process. Don’t know how it’s done?
Take these steps to find the best student housing option for you.
1. Decide Where You Want to Live
Before you can begin your search for student housing, you should decide on whether you want to live in a dormitory or in off-campus housing.
If you crave the campus atmosphere and can see yourself getting along well in a tightly spaced environment, the dorm is probably a better choice for you. But if you want to live in an apartment in your college town and don’t mind the commute to campus, then off-campus housing is best.
2. Contact Your School
When you decide on whether you’d like to live on or off-campus, visit your school’s website or student housing office to see what services they provide. You will have to fill out an application and if space is limited, occasionally be put on a waiting list, so apply in advance!
Schools usually require the student applying for student housing to be enrolled full-time and sometimes give preference by year or special programs. Check with your respective school to find out all their student housing qualifications.
3. Use Other Resources
If you are unable to get student housing directly through your school, don’t distress! There are other third-party resources that provide student housing for students all over the country.
The websites are generally organized by towns and cities. For example, if you are looking to live in New York City, NY Student Housing is one of several useful third-party resources to help you find accommodations.
The quality of your college experience hinges on many more factors than what you are taught in class. It’s important to feel comfortable in your new social setting–both in terms of warding off college homesickness and to help construct a new and enjoyable life in college.
Take the steps to find the student housing option that will make your college experience most enjoyable.