Moving out of the dorms and into Medical College of Wisconsin off-campus housing may feel terribly overwhelming. The list of to-dos may seem to go on forever. Though this is a big step, with some careful planning and consideration, you can make the move go as smoothly as possible. You’ll be in your new home before you know it. In order to make things as easy as possible, here is a list of tips for students in need. Just follow these steps for a stress-free move.
Don’t start looking for a place to live two weeks before your current lease ends. You need to investigate the housing market as soon as possible to get an idea of the sort of budget you’ll need to live in an apartment with all of your must-haves. While the apartments at Wimmer Communities include an in-unit washer and dryer, some apartments may not have this luxury. In this case, you’ll need to take into account how much laundry is going to cost you and where you’ll have to go to do it. Make sure you thoroughly research the surrounding area as well. Are there restaurants and cafes nearby? How is the public transportation? Is there an easy route to campus? Be sure to check out Milwaukee’s Public Transit website to see what your route will be.
Questions to Ask Yourself
When you’re looking for a place to live, you should consider a few key questions. First of all, how long are you planning to stay in your off-campus apartment? Would you prefer a six-month lease or a year-long lease? Secondly, are you looking for a furnished or unfurnished apartment? Also, ask yourself if off-street parking is a dealbreaker, and decide whether or not you’d like to live with a roommate. If the answer to the second question is yes, then also ask: are your potential roommates reliable? Since you’ll be depending on them to split rent, utility bills, and housework, they need to be able to budget their time and money.
These are just a few of the questions you’re going to need to ask yourself when considering living somewhere off campus. Maybe try calling the owners before coming to visit a place, and when you do walk through the apartment, check every nook and cranny. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either.
Remember Your Studies
It’s going to be a lot easier to skip class when you’re no longer right on campus, so you need to remember to stay disciplined. Always set an alarm in the morning so you can make your commute without rushing. If you have roommates, be sure you have a backup location for studying or working on an assignment when the apartment gets noisy. A great place right by campus is Stone Creek Coffee, which is part of a hip, local chain that serves pastries and light fare to keep you fueled during those long study sessions.
Before you sign any lease for an off-campus apartment near the Medical College of Wisconsin, be sure to consider all of the tips above. Follow them carefully, and you’ll be living off-campus before you know it!