Moving to college and living alone for the first time can be a scary and exciting experience for a lot of University of California Berkeley students. When it comes to deciding whether you want to live on-campus or not, there are a few things you need to figure out. And if you choose to live off campus, there are several other decisions to be made about what kind of place you want to rent, such as choosing between renting an apartment vs renting a house.
While living on-campus gives you fast access to all of your classes, you still have to take into account that your room, which you will probably have to share, will be incredibly small. Another reason why you should be cautious about living on-campus is because you have to share services, such as laundry machines and dryers, with your entire building. While living on-campus might suit some, it’s important to explore all of your options, including looking into off-campus housing before you sign a housing contract.
In television shows and movies living in a dorm while you're in college seems like the best idea ever. You have the opportunity to be close to all of your friends, you get to attend fun events in your common room and bond with your neighbors, and most importantly, you live in a safe place. While all of this seems like the right decision, dorms are not for everyone. A big thing to consider when you’re thinking about living in a dorm is that you get little to no privacy since you’re sharing four walls with one to three other people. Another thing to keep in mind is that with dorms there are strict rules as to what you can and cannot do to the walls. If you fail to follow these rules, the housing organization will later fine you. Why live on-campus when you could live in a luxury apartment like StoneFire Berkeley?
Throughout Berkeley there are tons of apartments for rent. A big thing to consider when looking for apartments is to find the apartment that best fits your needs. After all, you will be living there for at least six months to a year, so you should feel happy and safe where you live. Some of the reasons you might decide you want to live off-campus include things like getting the chance to live with your friends, having the ability to go swimming on the weekends without leaving your complex and having the luxury of having a quiet place to study on weekends. While all of this might sound nice, not all of the apartments in this area are like this. Some apartments might be further away from UCB, while others lack basic amenities that you need to succeed as a student at UCB.
While some luxury apartments Berkeley, CA has to offer might not suite your needs, you might now think that a condo or townhouse would be better for you. It’s easy to see how one could be lured into thinking that a condo or townhouse would be a good option, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. For starters, while you might get more space in a condo or townhouse, you will most likely have to join a homeowner’s association. By being a part of this, you often have to pay costly fees in order to get things like the small patch of grass outside of your condo mowed. These fees, along with other fees that come with renting a condo or townhouse can add up and do very little to make your living experience any better.
The idea of living in a house might be something college students miss once they leave for college. Because of this, it’s easy to see how UCB students could be attracted to renting a house. One thing to think about when you’re looking to rent a house is your landlord and how strict or laid back he or she is. A strict landlord could easily make your life miserable by making you consistently fix things, or constantly nag you about keeping the house clean. A more laid back landlord on the other hand might take weeks to fix things like dishwashers and air conditioning. For these reasons, UCB students should be cautious if they’re thinking about renting a home.
Why bother with low-quality apartments or pesky condo association fees when you could live at StoneFire Berkeley without the hassle. At StoneFire Berkeley, we are located at the heart of downtown Berkeley, which means you are literally steps from all of the action. We offer modern living apartments with amenities, such as large closets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and so much more. Forget about the other Berkeley apartments; none of them beat us! To schedule a tour with StoneFire Berkeley, contact us today.