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10 Reasons Why Apartments are Better than Dorms

Student Doing Schoolwork in His Heath ApartmentAre you a student in Heath searching for a place to live? If it’s true, you may be puzzling over 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 space limitations to do basic daily tasks. While not all apartments are spacious, most are bigger than a dorm room and may include both a bedroom and a living room area you can occupy.

Apartments typically offer more privacy than dorms.

The normal dorm room is a shared room, so you and your roommate (or several, depending on the setup) will be in very close quarters all semester. An apartment, even a shared apartment, normally offers more privacy throughout the day and more control over your schedule. You can also choose your roommate(s) in an apartment, while many dorms don’t.

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 alternative. This is especially true if you have special dietary needs. By renting an apartment with a kitchen, you can cook your meals to meet your needs better. What is more, it’s frequently affordable to cook at home than buy your meals elsewhere.

Some apartments allow students to have pets, whereas dorms usually do not.

If you desire to bring your beloved pet with you, that probably won’t be allowed in a dorm room. But there are Heath 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 do your research beforehand.

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 several bathrooms, or you may even have your own private bathroom. Either way, you won’t have to share with nearly as many people, which means less wait time and fewer messes to tidy 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 likely not the ideal spot for you. With people coming and going at all hours of the night and continual noise from your neighbors, it can be hard to achieve a good night’s sleep. However, an apartment typically provides more peace and quiet, allowing you to get the rest you need.

If you have a car, you can usually park it for free in an apartment complex.

Many dorms charge for parking, and if you can’t find a spot on campus, you may have to park far away and walk. But in an apartment, you usually have your own designated parking spot (or multiple spots, depending on the complex) that you can use for free. This is a huge perk if you need a car to get around campus.

Apartment communities usually have great amenities like pools, gyms, and laundry facilities.

Though some dorms may offer a few of these amenities, they are commonly not as good or well-maintained as those in an apartment complex. Furthermore, you’ll have to pay to use them. But in an apartment complex, these amenities are usually included in your rent so that you can use them at no additional cost.

Most apartments are located close to campus, so you won’t have to waste time commuting.

This is extremely vital if you have early classes or need to get to campus for activities and events. Dorms are regularly located on or near campus, which makes them very convenient. But most college towns usually have nearby apartments, perhaps just a few minutes walk away. Those extra 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 particularly true if you’re renting an apartment with roommates. Numerous colleges charge high fees for dorm rooms, even shared rooms without a connected bathroom. Property owners near campus are aware of this and usually price their rentals competitively to entice 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 searching for a place to live as a student, an apartment is probably your best bet. Whether your ideal 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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