Searching for student apartments require more effort than usual. This is because, students have special requirements like proximity to college, libraries and other frequently visited places based on their needs. As students have special requirements, they have some additional ways to search an apartment than others. They can search an apartment in two ways- on campus and off campus apartment search, which includes both online and offline searches.
On Campus Apartment Search: On campus apartment search is the basic way of searching a student apartment.
o It is easy to get information regarding a vacant apartment from your seniors, friends or classmates.
o Check whether your college/school has any magazine, so that you can find or give any advertisement or classified about a vacant apartment.
o Check through the various student clubs like alumni, where you may find information about any vacant apartment.
If you could not find a suitable apartment through these methods, you can search for an apartment through agents. Check for the agents who can give information about vacant apartments in the neighborhood of your school/college. Look specifically for the services run by or for students which may also have a tie-up with your school/college. Also find out if there are any websites run for the students that may help you.
Off Campus Apartment Search: Off campus apartment search is an effective way of searching an apartment as you have better sources.
o Check the advertisements in the local news papers and tabloids for the apartments.
o Approach agents who can reduce your effort of searching an apartment. Go for the one who has experience in finding student apartments.
o Check for the websites that have listings of vacant apartments in the localities you are looking for. Through online apartment search you can instantly access number of apartments rather than offline.
o Look specifically for specialists in student apartments. They will have advertisements or classifieds regarding vacant apartments and some asking to share an apartment, which is more helpful if you are searching for a roommate also.
o Some apartment search websites allows you to post an advertisement free of cost, where you can give your details like the requirements, budgets, locality etc.
Some of these websites also provide ratings to the apartments given by the past and current residents of the particular apartment. These ratings are very much helpful in selecting the suitable apartment.