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10 Reasons Why Apartments are Better than Dorms

Student Doing Schoolwork in His Minneapolis ApartmentAre you a student in Minneapolis searching for a place to reside? If that is the case, you may be thinking about whether you should rent an apartment or stay in a dorm. Both options have pros and cons; in our opinion, apartments are the preferable choice for many students. Not only will an apartment offer more amenities, but other extra benefits come with renting an apartment that you can’t obtain while living in a dorm room. The following are ten reasons why you must try renting an apartment.

Apartments are usually more spacious than dorms, so you’ll have more room to study and relax.

Dorm rooms are notoriously cramped, providing little space for you to do essential daily tasks. While not all apartments are spacious, the majority are bigger than a dorm room and may provide both a bedroom and a living room area you can appreciate.

Apartments typically offer more privacy than dorms.

The usual dorm room is a shared room, so you and your roommate (or several, depending on the setup) will be in very close quarters all semester. An apartment, even a shared apartment, generally offers more privacy throughout the day and more control over your schedule. You can also choose your roommate(s) in an apartment, while most dorms don’t permit it.

You can cook your own meals in an apartment, which is often healthier and cheaper than eating at the campus dining hall.

While college meal plans may be convenient, they aren’t always the healthiest choice. This is especially true if you have particular dietary needs. By renting an apartment with a kitchen, you can cook your meals to meet your needs better. In addition, it’s commonly less expensive to cook at home than buy your meals somewhere.

Some apartments allow students to have pets, whereas dorms usually do not.

If you like to bring your favorite pet with you, that probably won’t be doable in a dorm room. But there are Minneapolis property managers that will allow pets in apartments so that you can keep your furry friend close by. Just keep in mind that they may charge additional pet fees and pet rent, and some restrictions may apply (such as dog breeds and sizes), so conduct some research beforehand.

You won’t have to share a bathroom with dozens of other people in an apartment.

This is one of the students’ biggest complaints about staying in a dorm. Your apartment may have several bathrooms, or you may even have your own private bathroom. Either way, you won’t have to share with nearly as many people, which implies less wait time and fewer messes to tidy up.

Apartments are typically quieter than dorms, so you’ll be able to get a better night’s sleep.

If you’re someone who enjoys peace and quiet, a dorm room is not the perfect location for you. With people coming and going at all hours of the night and continuous noise from your neighbors, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. But an apartment typically gives more peace and quiet, so you can get the rest you need.

If you have a car, you can usually park it for free in an apartment complex.

Numerous dorms charge for parking, and if you can’t locate a place on campus, you may have to park far away and walk. However, in an apartment, you generally have your own designated parking spot (or multiple spots, depending on the complex) that you can use free of charge. This is a major perk if you need a car to get around campus.

Apartment communities usually have great amenities like pools, gyms, and laundry facilities.

Even though some dorms may offer a few of these amenities, they are typically not as pleasant or well maintained as those in an apartment complex. And you’ll have to pay to use them. But in an apartment complex, these amenities are usually included in your rent so that you can use them at no additional cost.

Most apartments are located close to campus, so you won’t have to waste time commuting.

This is particularly critical if you have early classes or need to get to campus for activities and events. Dorms are normally located on or near campus, which makes them very convenient. But many college towns typically offer nearby apartments, perhaps just a few minutes walk away. Those additional few minutes may be worth it if you’d rather ditch the dorm room for better living arrangements!

Renting an apartment is often cheaper than paying for a dorm room.

This is particularly the case if you’re renting an apartment with roommates. Numerous colleges charge high fees for dorm rooms, even shared rooms without a connected bathroom. Property owners near campus are aware of this and commonly price their rentals competitively to recruit students. Apartments may also include things like utilities and internet service in the rent, which may be higher quality than what you’ll find on campus. This makes renting an apartment a much better deal in the long run.

If you’re in search of a home to reside in as a student, an apartment is probably your best bet. Whether your desired off-campus housing is in a large complex or a shared house, chances are, with a little effort, you’ll find something that will fit your ideal lifestyle.


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