Living on your own while you’re still a student is a great way to test the waters before you graduate and join the real world. Palmetto Place is located near Bob Jones University and is a great option for undergraduate and graduate students who want the convenience of living near campus without living in designated student housing. But before you decide to get your first place, there are a few things to think about regarding living in off-campus housing near Bob Jones University.
Finding a Roommate
As a college student, you probably can’t afford to live on your own just yet, but teaming up with a roommate opens a lot more doors (no pun intended). Finding the right roommate takes time. It’s tempting to want to rush and get the search over with, but if you don’t take your time finding someone you’re truly compatible with, serious problems can ensue.
Anyone can be your roommate: a friend, a coworker, a friend of a friend, or someone you met online through a site like roommates.com or roomiematch.com. At the very least, you need to be able to coexist with this person.
The saying “You never know someone until you live with them” exists for a reason. If you really believe that you will enjoy living with friends, go for it. But know that it isn’t the only option. Living with a friend of a friend, or an acquaintance you know through class or a campus club, are your safest bets. You already know you get along with this person and you’d feel comfortable sharing a space with them. It also makes it easier to be objective.
Expand your search as much as you can. Post something on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and ask your friends to share it. Tell your professors, friends, classmates, barista, and coworkers.
Creating a Roommate Agreement
A lease specifies the obligations between the landlord and the tenants, but a roommate agreement is strictly between tenants. It can include whatever you want: how you want to split utilities, how you’re going to pay for food, whether someone can have an overnight guest, chores, etc.
Creating a roommate agreement together at the start of your lease will save you a lot of stress in the long run. It puts everyone on the same page and it’s a great way for each roommate to voice their personal expectations and preferences. Make the agreement as detailed as possible so there is always something to refer to if an issue occurs.
You can write up a roommate agreement yourself or use a free template online.
Having a Budget
Financial finesse is invaluable, and what better time to beef up your skills than while you’re still in school? Create a budget by totaling up your monthly income and subtracting your monthly expenses, including rent, utilities, transportation, groceries, etc. If you have enough left over to live comfortably, good for you!
If you don’t have an income – or get your income from your parents – why not get a job? Sure, you’re a student first, but your nights and weekends are probably open. Scope out Bob Jones University’s online job board for openings on and off campus.