Moving into an off-campus apartment is very exciting, but it’s also a great responsibility. Before moving in, you will need to take the necessary steps to make sure you are prepared. One way to plan ahead is creating a checklist of tasks to make the transition into your off-campus apartment as easy as possible. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Be prepared with questions:
As you search for an apartment, you will likely work closely with a leasing agent. Once you find a place to move, be prepared with questions for the leasing agent or the property owner to understand the rules and expectations for the apartment. It’s also important to trade contact information so you can reach them whenever you have questions.
On the day of your move, walk through the apartment with either the leasing agent or the property owner to make sure all your appliances are working and there are no damages to the apartment’s structure. If they cannot be there while you move in, take pictures of any concerns and send them to your contact as soon as possible.
Create a calendar:
If this is your first time renting an apartment, you will likely have new responsibilities, including making monthly payments for rent and utilities. It is very important that you track these payments and stick to a schedule. Consider marking your calendar with the due dates for any bills so you make all your payments on time. If you have any questions about the amount or frequency of payments, ask your landlord.
Study your surroundings:
As you prepare to move into your new apartment, spend some time researching the new area you will be living. Search on the internet to find affordable and dependable markets near your apartment to purchase food and any other supplies you will need on a regular basis. If your apartment is not within walking distance of the university, research public transit in your area.
An important step in the planning process is sourcing furniture for your new home. If your apartment is unfurnished, consider furniture rental for an affordable and simple solution. CORT, the leading provider of furniture rental in the U.S., furnishes thousands of student apartments with everything from beds and sofas to housewares and electronics – all with affordable rental package options.
Communicate with roommates:
If you’re living with roommates, it’s likely that they will come from backgrounds different than yours. Once you are settled in the apartment, gather everyone together and start a conversation about rules and expectations for everyday living. It’s very important to establish a mutual understanding for one another’s customs and respect each other’s personal space and belongings.
Pack a piece of home:
Moving and adjusting in a new country can be very difficult, especially when you’re far away from home. Make sure to bring something that reminds you of home to your new space, such as a picture of your family and friends. Any item that is important to you and brings comfort is worth having as you make the transition.
Moving can be a hassle, which is why it’s important to plan ahead. If you take the time to prepare and reference this checklist along the way, you will have a successful and stress-free move.
Yu Wu is a native of Nanjing, China, and works with universities and education organizations at CORT Furniture Rental to help international students and scholars settle in faster when studying in the U.S.