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How to Pick a Safe Apartment Complex as a Student

How to Pick a Safe Apartment Complex as a Student
Posted By: Brooke Chaplan on February 26, 2020

Finding the right kind of housing as a student isn’t always easy. If you’re in the market for your first apartment, you might not know the ins and outs of finding a safe apartment complex. Fortunately, this process is much easier as long as you’re willing to follow a little bit of advice.

Talk to Other Students


One of the easiest ways to learn about an apartment complex is to talk to people who live in the area. It’s always a good idea to check out student social media pages or even your school’s housing website to get honest reviews of the apartment complexes in your area. While you’ll certainly see plenty of grumbling about prices or amenities, you should hopefully be able to get a good idea about the level of security the property provides.

Look at the Property


It’s also a good idea to go and check out any apartment rentals that you are considering. If you can’t get a tour of the apartment before you move in, you should consider that a red flag.



When you’re on the tour, make sure that you pay attention to things like cleanliness and security systems—the little things that slip during a showing can be signs of a big problem later on down the road.

Think About Your Schedule


You should also think about your own schedule when you are thinking about the safety of an apartment. If you tend to be out late at night, for example, you’ll need to pay more attention to the safety features in the parking lot. You’re not just looking for a place that will fit the needs of any student—you are looking for an apartment that is going to work for you.

Trust Your Gut


Perhaps the most important tip, though, is that you need to trust your own instincts. If you get a bad feeling from an apartment complex it’s probably a good idea to start looking elsewhere for a rental. While there are certainly many objective issues that you might be able to find, some of the most important problems are those that you can only vaguely identify. If you don’t have a good feeling about an apartment, you should keep looking.
Don’t be afraid to take your time to find a safer apartment complex. Take a look at multiple complexes and ask other students what they think about the area. With a little bit of extra research, you’ll be able to find a great new place to live.
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