More and more people are choosing to rent off-campus than on campus, as prices are starting to go up all over North America. The Bowling Green State University (BGSU) board of trustees raised housing rates by an average of 2.6%, as well as meal plans by an average of 2.7%, according to a statement released by the university.

At Michigan State University, university housing prices will increase by 3.5%, a statement released by the university said, because of the rising cost of food, labor and on-campus amenities.

While several universities decided to freeze tuition rates, on-campus housing and meal plan costs at other universities are increasing the next academic year.

That being said, don’t lose hope, these main rules could help students get an idea of what to expect. The key to success in college apartment shopping is to start looking and gathering information sooner rather than later. Apartment landlords like to start leasing early. And when I say early, I mean a year in advance.

Apartment complexes will start sending you mail on campus a few months prior to lease signing. Make sure you read and save each and every one of those pamphlets. Apartments tend to fill up quickly in college towns so it is always a smart idea to have a handful of apartment options for yourself and your roommates.

Once you start gathering information it’s important to have open communication with your parents. It’s important to ask for their advice on pricing and what to look for in an apartment. The price of apartments near colleges can be over-priced because they know they are in high demand. So swallow your pride, your parents know a lot more about this than you do.

Most students feel it is convenient to live in apartments on campus. However, these types of apartments can be expensive the closer they are to school. Sometimes you can find good deals and clean apartments near campus, but if there are only a few available and you have a car or bus service available, off campus apartments could be a good choice. Apartments off campus tend to be nicer and sometimes cheaper. However, the best way to know this for sure is not by just researching online and reading pamphlets. Another key to successful apartment hunting is booking a showing with the apartment office to see exactly where you would be living.

Some apartment leasing agencies try to get students to sign leases without physically showing the tenants the apartment they will be living in. This is why it is important to have your parents, or someone you know who is experienced with renting with you so apartment employees do not take advantage of young college students like yourself. Securing an appointment will also give you a look into how friendly the staff is and how the property owner treats their prospective renters.

An apartment says a lot about a person and it’s critical to have a reasonably priced and clean apartment where you will feel comfortable. If you follow this advice, you should be in good shape.

One more helpful tip? Pay rent with RentMoola. RentMoola only partners with trusted, secure, and well-reputed property managers. Not sure where to rent? Contact our sales department at, and we’ll provide a list of all the property managers in your area!

Happy hunting!

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Rich Elliott

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Rich is the Marketing Director at RentMoola, he enjoys rugby, food, and his pet Corgi Prince.

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