Before you decide to live in off-campus housing, there are several things to consider, like your budget and whether or not you want to live roommates. Living on your own is a big deal, especially if it’s your first time, and you want to be prepared before you commit to anything. Follow these tips to living off-campus at Bellarmine University and you’ll be right on track:
Find a Roommate
Whether you’re an undergrad or a grad student, you probably aren’t rolling around in a pile of money. In fact, you might not even be able to afford living on your own. But when you link up with roommates, you up the financial ante. Ultimately you’ll be paying less for a larger space.
You don’t have to live with your friends. They might be the first option that comes to mind, but they aren’t your only option. Roommates who are friends of friends or casual acquaintances often fare way better than those who are wrapped up in each other’s personal lives. At the very least, your roommate needs to be someone with whom you can coexist in peaceful harmony.
If you’re looking for a roommate, don’t rush. Take your time and you’ll find someone truly compatible. Talk to your acquaintances, i.e. your barista and the people you’ve gotten to know through your exercise class or campus extracurricular. Tell your friends, professors, classmates, and coworkers. Post an ad on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and ask your friends to share it. Make a profile on roommates.com or roomiematch.com.
Create a Roommate Agreement
You signed a lease that lays the ground rules for you and your landlord, but what about roommate-to-roommate relations? Creating an agreement with your roommates will make a huge difference during the time you live together. Hopefully it will be a more pleasant experience because of it.
A roommate agreement can include whatever you want: How will you handle utilities? Are you sharing food? Can roommates have guests over? Who is responsible for which chores? Be as detailed as possible so that you have written documentation to refer to if anyone slips up. The contract is signed by each roommate and holds everyone equally accountable to the expectations it outlines.
You and your roommates can write a roommate agreement yourselves or use a free template online.
Take Advantage of Campus Amenities
You might be living off campus, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to use campus amenities. Don’t become “that” student, who comes to campus for class and heads straight home. You probably have breaks during the day, so take advantage of everything campus offers.
Visit The Pit Stop on the first floor of Horrigan Hall. The commuter-friendly hangout spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and do a little studying. Sign up for a class or intramural league at the fitness center. If studying at home is too distracting, hit the W.L. Lyons Brown Library.