Arranging for housing for college students can often be very stressful.
The student is leaving home for the first time and will be responsible
for his/her own actions without the intervention of a parental figure.
Many colleges offer on-campus housing for a lower price than even the cheapest
off-campus housing. For the most part admission into on-campus housing
is possible for any enrolled student taking more than 6 hours.
Most on-campus housing requires taking a roommate and offers a few
single rooms for a larger fee.
The only new issue that a home schooler may potentially have to deal
with involves going to college early. Many colleges allow those that
are 17 or older into their residence halls. Most off-campus housing
available require the student to be 18 to sign a rental contract.
Primary forms of housing available to all students:
Often the housing office on the campus you plan to attend is a good source
of information about about living opportunities in town.
Living at home and commute to college. For younger students
this may often be the only viable option. It is also by far the cheapest
option if the college the student wishes to attend a college in the local
Living in an on-campus residence hall. This is a feature that
many colleges offer to at least some of their students. However,
most community colleges do not offer this option and many larger universities
can only offer this option to a small portion of their student population.
Living in an off-campus residence hall. This housing opportunity
grew up in the wake of limited on-campus housing to students. Private
residence halls are built and run by businesses outside the university
hierarchy. Typically they include all bills for a standard price
and the entire room can be paid for up front or in monthly installments.
For students who wish to get into a residence and stay there every year
attending straight through this might be the option. Many campuses
with housing shortages limit on-campus living opportunites by class rank
or at least give preference by class rank. Typically doing their
best to accommodate new students while giving a lesser effort to experienced
students. These residences are often closer to the university than
most other types of housing. Often the on-campus housing office will
have information about these residence halls. However, these off-campus
residence halls are usually more expensive than living in an on-campus
Living in a student run cooperative housing home. I know less
about these than I do about other housing types. The student lives
in a cooperative house and shares the chores of maintaining the house and
in fact this is often part of the contract. Otherwise it is much
like living in an off-campus apartment.
Living off-campus in an apartment. The student is responsible
for all bills and all rental obligations like anyone else renting an apartment.
Most students need to take a roommate to make this a fiscally viable obtion.
Renting a room in a house. Many students go in together and
get a single house which they each pay a portion of the rent. This
pulls down the price of the house until it becomes an affordable option
Renting a room from a homeowner. Some homeowners to help pay
their own bills will rent out one of the rooms in their house. These
will vary vastly as those renting in this way will vary widely.
Another link that you might want to consider using is campusrent.com
it is a rental property search for off-campus living opportunites.
You can search by state, college and residence type. There are also
other apartment search pages (apartmentsforrent.com
, apartmentrenting.com , apartment.renting.net
are a few but you can find more relatively quickly by doing a search on
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