Are you a student at Fairfax seeking a place to live? If so, you may be considering whether you should rent an apartment or stay in a dorm. Both options have pros and cons; in our opinion, apartments are the better choice for most students. Not only will an apartment offer more amenities, but other great benefits come with renting an apartment that you can’t get living in a dorm room. Here are ten reasons why you should consider renting an apartment.
Apartments are usually more spacious than dorms, so you’ll have more room to study and relax.
Dorm rooms are notoriously cramped, with limited space to do essential daily tasks. While not all apartments are spacious, the majority are bigger than a dorm room and may have both a bedroom and a living room area you can enjoy.
Apartments typically offer more privacy than dorms.
Since the typical dorm room is a shared room, you and your roommate (or several, depending on the setup) will be in very close quarters all semester. An apartment, even a shared apartment, generally offers more privacy throughout the day and more control over your schedule. You can also choose your roommate(s) in an apartment, while numerous dorms do not.
You can cook your own meals in an apartment, which is often healthier and cheaper than eating at the campus dining hall.
While college meal plans may be convenient, they aren’t always the healthiest choice. This is especially true if you have certain dietary needs. By renting an apartment with a kitchen, you can cook your meals to meet your needs better. Furthermore, it’s commonly less costly to cook at home than buy your meals elsewhere.
Some apartments allow students to have pets, whereas dorms usually do not.
If you want to bring your beloved pet with you, you probably won’t be able to do so in a dorm room. But there are Fairfax property managers that will allow pets in apartments so that you can keep your furry friend close by. Just remember that they may charge additional pet fees and pet rent, and some restrictions may apply (such as dog breeds and sizes), so perform some research first.
You won’t have to share a bathroom with dozens of other people in an apartment.
This is probably one of the students’ biggest complaints about residing in a dorm. Your apartment may have numerous bathrooms, or you may even have your own private bathroom. In any case, you won’t have to share with nearly as many people, resulting in less wait time and fewer messes to clean up.
Apartments are typically quieter than dorms, so you’ll be able to get a better night’s sleep.
If you’re someone who enjoys peace and quiet, a dorm room is probably not advisable for you. With people coming and going at all hours of the night and constant noise from your neighbors, it can be challenging to get a good night’s sleep. But an apartment usually offers more peace and quiet, so you can get the rest you need.
If you have a car, you can usually park it for free in an apartment complex.
Most dorms charge for parking, and if you can’t find a location on campus, you may need to park far away and walk. On the other hand, in an apartment, you normally have your own designated parking spot (or multiple spots, depending on the complex) that you can freely use. This is a significant perk if you need a car to get around campus.
Apartment communities usually have great amenities like pools, gyms, and laundry facilities.
While some dorms may offer a few of these amenities, they are usually not as nice or well-kept as those in an apartment complex. And, of course, you’ll have to pay to use them. But in an apartment complex, these amenities are usually included in your rent so that you may enjoy them at no additional cost.
Most apartments are located close to campus, so you won’t have to waste time commuting.
This is particularly vital if you have early classes or need to get to campus for activities and events. Dorms are frequently located on or near campus, which makes them very convenient. However, most college towns often have nearby apartments, possibly just a few minutes’ walk away. Those additional few minutes may be worth it if you’d rather ditch the dorm room for better living arrangements!
Renting an apartment is often cheaper than paying for a dorm room.
This is especially the case if you’re renting an apartment with roommates. Several colleges charge high fees for dorm rooms, even shared rooms without a connected bathroom. Property owners near campus recognize this and often price their rentals competitively to lure students. Apartments may also include things like utilities and internet service in the rent, which may be higher quality than what you’ll find on campus. This makes renting an apartment a much better deal in the long run.
If you’re seeking a place to stay as a student, an apartment is probably your best bet. Whether your preferred off-campus housing is in a large complex or a shared house, chances are, with a little effort, you’ll find something that will fit your ideal lifestyle.
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