On-campus vs. off-campus living each have their own perks

On-campus vs. off-campus living each have their own perks

On-campus vs. off-campus living each have their own perks
March 03
21:09 2014

Steven James // Staff Writer

As summer draws closer and closer, more UNT students are looking to move into their first apartments.

UNT’s Student Money Management Center will be hosting “Finding your First Apartment,” an event that will teach students about what factors to take into account when choosing an apartment. The free event is 3 to 4 p.m. on March 5 in the Business Leadership Building, room 70.

Employees of Student Money Management and Student Legal Services urge caution to students who are moving into apartments for the first time. They said that most students are eager and do not take time to look at leases, amenities and other important aspects that come with living in an apartment.

“I have numerous students coming in, asking me to view their leases,” said Kathryn McCauley, lawyer and director of UNT Student Legal Services. “You are obligated to pay that lease if you sign it. Also, make sure you live at a place that’s on the bus route or a place where driving to campus and back won’t be an issue.”

She also said that students should visit the apartment complexes they are thinking about moving into, much like when students look at colleges while in high school.

“It wouldn’t hurt to do some Googling,” she said.

McCauley said the more popular student apartment complexes tend to fill up in May. Most off-campus apartments started taking applications in December and January.

Britney Karlin, Student Money Management Center peer mentor and marketing senior, said there are both good aspects and negative aspects to living off campus compared to living in a dorm.

“If you want, you don’t have to live in the same room or share the same bathroom with other people,” Karlin said. “You also don’t have to follow certain rules that you have to follow if you live on campus. But, at the same time, you’re also more on you own and sometimes you and your pets could get run over since most off-campus apartments tend to be closer to freeways and busy roads.”

She also said that students should make sure the expenses of the apartment include the assurance of working amenities and that those amenities will get fixed if they are not working.

“I didn’t really like the student-run apartments,” Karlin said. “In my old apartment, the smoke detector didn’t work and the walls were peeling. It took almost three weeks before they sent in somebody to come and fix that stuff.”

Dani Guerrero, an employee at a Denton apartment complex that currently houses 418 tenants, said proximity is one of the important factors for students.

“They like that they are within walking distance of campus,” Guerrero said. “They don’t have to wake up as early as other students who live off campus.”

She said the most common problem she sees with students is dealing with their roommates.

“That’s one thing that students can’t really figure out before moving in, is knowing who they’ll be living with and the personalities of these strange people they just met,” she said.

Feature photo: Stock photo courtesy of Getty Images. 

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