Living Off Campus
If you've never lived on your own, you may be surprised at some of the things you're expected to pay for.
Once you sign a lease, you're bound to honor it. Knowing what pitfalls to look for as a first-time renter can help you avoid making the mistake of spending a lot of money in vain. Careful evaluation of your housing needs and options is a vital part of the housing search process.
Things to consider when deciding which option is right for you:
- Show me the money - what can you afford and still have a life?
- Location, location, location - is it within walking distance? will your costs for gas go up?
- House or apartment? - what are you responsible to maintain (scoop snow, mow grass etc.) if you rent a house vs. an apt.
- Social life? -will you still be able to afford to meet up with friends for the fun things?
- Time commitment - will you need to work extra hours to make enough money, or just plan a little better with the money you have?
- Roommate? - who would be a good fit to be a roomie?
We've put together some resources to help you in your search.
- Things to consider when selecting housing
- Compare on-campus vs. off-campus
- Run a sample budget
- Resources in Crete & Lincoln
Interested in becoming a member of the Association of Commuter Students?
Contact the Residence Life Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.826.6721.