Finding a Student Rental

 
There are so many aspects of becoming a college student that force a person to mature with astounding quickness, what with all the new responsibilities a person has to juggle in comparison with the relatively easy life back in high school.  For example, college students need to start taking care of their own living space, or—more importantly yet—they need to go ahead and find a place to live! That is one challenge that can overwhelm many otherwise-apt young scholars, and managing to find accessible and convenient student rentals may imply a bit more work than most people imagine at first. Nonetheless, with the right resources and advice, from one semester to the next a university student may find that they have switched from a crowded and stinky dorm room to a spacious and (surprise!) cheaper apartment or house. 
 
Fortunately, landlords in and around college towns tend to be pretty active about advertising their properties on campus and within media circulated amoung the student body (assuming that the landlord has an interest in renting to students; don’t waste your time on landlords that expressly state their aversion to renting to students). Lots of colleges these days have an online (and at times print) directory of student rentals as part of the school’s official site. 
 
Another way to find student rentals is to consult some of the local realestate agencies and ask which properties are being advertised specifically as student rentals. Though there will surely be more housing options available to students than those being handled by realestate agencies, it is nonetheless possible to get a good idea of what the price range you’re looking at will be.
 
The potential benefits of moving off campus are numerous and highly rewarding, including the ability to save a significant chunk of dough per semester. Yet there are scenarios where these benefits can be counterarrested by poor location or generally poor conditions of rental and property upkeep. A college student will generally want to make sure that their student rental is not that far away from campus, especially if the student does not have an independent means of transportation, with or without motor! Furthermore, students will want to avoid excessively negligent landlords: these may try to end up blaming the student(s) for damages to the property that manifest themselves during the student’s contract, yet that are due to years and years of accrued negligence. This sort of predatory practice only thrives thanks to unsuspecting and naïve college renters, so make sure you don’t fit into that category.
 
Of course, college kids shouldn’t be planning on moving into a very prim and proper rental, as most properties do end up suffering some defacement as a result of being a college rental; the place should be in good enough shape to take some abuse, but not in such good shape that said abuse will cause the value to be altered in the least considerable way or will give the landlord visible cause to suspend the rental of the property to universtiy students.