What to Look For in Student Housing


Since housing will be one of your biggest expenses while at college, it’s important to be selective about where you live. The huge number of choices can be overwhelming, but you can narrow down your options by looking for a few key features.

1. Great Location

The first thing you should think about when searching for student housing is where you want to live. As well as being near campus, look for amenities in the community, such as coffee shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants. You may also prefer a quiet neighbourhood where you’ll be able to study in peace.

2. Safety Features

Both the neighbourhood and the building itself need to be safe. Consider how comfortable you feel when walking around the neighbourhood as well as security features on the apartment building, such as locks and video surveillance.

3. Reasonable Price

Set a budget before you start your search to immediately rule out any housing that’s too expensive. When you’re figuring out your budget, take into account other expenses you’ll incur, such as books, utilities (unless these are included in the rent), food, and other essentials.

4. Public Transportation or Parking

You may be able to find apartments available for a lower rent if you live slightly farther from campus. However, this could be more problematic than it’s worth if you’ll struggle to make it to your classes. If you rely on public transportation, find out if there’s a bus stop near the apartment and a direct route to campus. If you have your own car, you’ll need parking near the apartment. Alternatively, you may find an apartment that’s close enough for you to cycle to campus, in which case you’ll need bike storage.

5. Furnishings

It’s ideal if you can find a fully-furnished apartment equipped with modern appliances. Not needing to purchase furniture yourself will lead to significant cost savings and avoid complicated logistics when you move out. Having laundry facilities and a full kitchen will make your life more comfortable.

6. Internet Connectivity

You’ll find it difficult to study at home unless you have a fast internet connection. Whether you’re taking online classes or doing research for a paper, you need reliable internet. Ideally, you’ll be able to access the internet in your apartment and other places in the building, such as dedicated study areas.

7. Sufficient Space

Avoid apartments that are especially small, as you’ll likely find you lack enough space for all your belongings. If you’re attending college a long way from home, you may have a large amount of clothing to suit all seasons — and you need to be able to pack away whatever you’re not using. You may also have equipment for sports and hobbies.

Whereas you won’t find most of these features with on-campus housing, you will gain all the above at Parkway Lofts. Our Niagara College student housing is designed with what students want in mind. We offer convenience, affordability, privacy, and comfort all in one place to bring you the college experience you deserve. Apply now!

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