10 Things to Consider When Searching for a Chicago Apartment

Apartment searching and finding a new home can be an exciting adventure, but it’s important to pay close attention to detail throughout your search to ensure the apartment you want is right for you. We have compiled a list of 10 tips to check on before signing your lease that are commonly forgotten.

1. Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago offers a great amount of fun and exciting neighborhoods to choose from, 77 to be exact. Although exploring different neighborhoods throughout Chicago can make for a fun quest, it can be a somewhat daunting task to figure out which neighborhood is going to be the best for you.

Some important details to pay attention to during your apartment  search is transportation options, access to grocery and convenience stores, restaurant and shopping options, and ultimately whether or not the neighborhood suits your lifestyle. For more insight on the different Chicago neighborhoods, check out our neighborhood guides. Also, if you are interested in crime statistics, take a look at crime stats by neighborhood.
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3 Reasons to Live Off Campus

1. More Space for Less Money

Once you become a college student you will quickly learn that being broke is completely acceptable. Being a broke college graduate is even more acceptable, because now it’s time to pay back the thousands of dollars in loans you took out to make it through school.

However, there are ways to avoid the financial rut of a college student and graduate; spend less money on beer, pizza and burritos at 2am, get a job, and live off of campus.  The costs of living on campus have been rising over the years, averaging from a range of $7,500 to $9,000 a year depending on private or public institutions. Why cram yourself in a shoebox that could potentially cost you $18,000 (two years of campus living) after graduation? 

These costs may not apply to everyone, and every school has different on-campus living tuitions.  Regardless, it’s highly recommended to explore the options of off-campus living to get what you pay for and more importantly, save money.

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