After your freshman year most students decide to move off campus. The hard part is picking the best apartment complex that fits your needs. Some of the apartments offer furnished apartments others do not. Some complexes have amenities such as a gym or a pool and or hot tub. It can be hard to choose the best one for you. So let’s take a look.

1. Furnished Options

As college students it can be hard to provide furniture for an apartment. Lucky for you a lot of off campus apartments offer a fully furnished unit. These apartments tend to be a little bit more pricey, but it is way more convenient than having to furnish an apartment yourself. Some of the off campus apartment that offer furnishing are Meadows crossing which is about $529 a month not including utilities. Other apartment complexes that offer furnishing are Alpine, The Lodge, Copper Beach and others.


2. Cost

Being a college student cost plays a huge role in choosing a place to live. You need to make sure you can afford it so you do not have to stress about being able to pay rent every month. As a college student you have a lot of other expenses you have to worry about. One thing that is nice about the off campus apartments near Grand Valley is that some of the complexes accept financial aid as payment. One of these complexes is the Trio complex. Trio North is also a very cheap payment of $450 a month. They also take money off of rent if you pay it in full. It can be nice for students to pay their rent in full so they do not have to worry about a monthly payment.


3. Amenities

There is a lot that goes into choosing the perfect apartment that fits your needs. One factor that plays a role in choosing the right apartment complex is taking a step back and looking at the amenities it offers. Some complexes like Meadows Crossing, 48 West, Alpine and The Lodge offer pools and or hot tubs. Other complexes such as Trio, Copper Beach, and Campus West have gyms for their residents to use. When choosing an apartment complex it is important to look at the amenities you are interested in having.


4. Location

Picking an apartment in the ideal location for you should be taken into consideration when choosing a complex to live in. A lot of the off campus apartments near Grand Valley are located off 48th street. However there are other apartment options. When looking into location you should think about how close to campus you want to be or how far from campus you want to be. Another thing you should take into consideration is close you want to be to your friends living in another apartment complex. Location can play a big role in choosing the right apartment complex for you.


5. Finding the Right Roommates

Finding the right apartment can be difficult but finding the right roommates can be even harder. When finding roommates you need to make sure they have the same priorities as you. If you are a really clean person and they are super messy they may not be the best fit for you. Or if you like to stay in on the weekends and study and they like to throw parties they are probably not the best roommate for you. There is a lot that goes into finding the perfect roommates and a lot of off campus apartments near Grand Valley offer roommate matching. This will help you find the best roommate that has the same priorities as you.


Choosing an apartment can be stressful for college students. Students just need to take a step back and think about what they want in an apartment. Students should decide how important cost it to them and then go from there. You need to consider if you want it furnished and what kind of amenities you want in an apartment complex. You will find a complex that is perfect for you around Grand Valley.


Brigitte Ann Brault

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