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Tips to Moving From the Dorm to an Apartment


Living in the dorms can be an exciting time for any college student. But just like there’s a time to move out of mom’s and dad’s, there’s also a time to move out of the dorms and into an apartment. This transition is exciting and stressful all at the same time. There are many things to consider. In this blog, we have compiled a few of our top tips to making the move from the dorms to apartment life.


Set a budget
Before you start considering anything, you need to consider and set your budget. Know exactly what you can afford to spend every month in rent, utilities, food, and even furniture. The last thing you want to run into is underestimating your budget and signing a 12 month lease on an apartment you can’t afford to pay for. Many first-time renters live with roommates to help split the bills. This may be an option for you as well.

Secure apartment in advance
Once you know what you can afford to spend every month, you can start looking for an apartment. You’ll want to make sure to secure an apartment before you move out of your dorm. Especially in a college town, apartments get rented out quickly and far in advance. In some cases, still living close to campus requires signing a lease a year in advance.

Be strategic about furniture
You may have some furniture to bring along with you, and if you have roommates, they might have something to contribute as well. But often times first-time renters find themselves surrounded by seemingly empty rooms. Check out your local discount furniture store, or rummage sales. Ask your family members for any old pieces they’d be willing to part with. A modge podge of mis-matched furniture may not look as polished as you may like, but it’s better than sitting on the floor.

There are many things to consider and plan when you make the move to your own apartment, but these are a few of our top tips, we hope they make for an easy move!




  1. Hedley Fulton

    Setting a solid budget is a great way to help you adjust to being in an apartment. It is so important that you know how much money you absolutely have to spend every month. By doing this you can make sure that you are staying on top of all of your money. Following a budget can be hard, but after a while you will get used to it.

  2. Jeff Bridges

    Your tip about being strategic about the furniture is very useful. When I moved from my student lodging to an apartment I didn’t have much furniture. I needed some but I also didn’t want to overdue it. I wasn’t sure I was going to stay there for more than a year or two. Make sure to think ahead of time before you purchase new furniture.

  3. Ivy Baker

    My little brother is going to be leaving for college in a few months and I am helping him find a place to live. It is good to know that he should try to find a place well in advance before moving. I guess it is a good thing that we are starting to look for one know. Hopefully, all of the apartment near his college aren’t already full.

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