After choosing a school, it’s time to figure out where you’ll be living. If entering as a college freshman, ask the college if it’s necessary to live on campus; many schools make it a requirement for first-year students. Next, figure out if you’re taking a car and if you’ll need to pay a permit fee to park on campus.
If you’re living in a dorm, you won’t have to pay bills separately, but you’ll need to consider what supplies you’ll need:
- Appliances, like a coffee maker or microwave
If you won’t be living on campus, you’ll have to think of a plan for your living arrangements. Think of questions like:
- Will you be living at home or moving out?
- Do you need a car or will you be using public/university transportation?
- What kinds of things will you need for your accommodations?
If moving from home into an apartment or other rental, you’ll have various moving expenses, like renting a van, rent for the first month and a security deposit, and utilities and internet. If you don’t want to buy or bring your own furniture, see if you can rent a furnished apartment which is common in student living.