Starting Off The Spring Semester Strong – Tips From Local CSU Off-Campus Housing

It is the end of January, and most students in Fort Collins have recently kicked off their spring semester — and for some of you, it might be your last! When it comes to the school year, most people tend to see spring semester as the more difficult semester. Why is this? It could be that when most people register for classes during the summer they tend to pick the easier ones so that they can enjoy the warm weather as much as possible. Honestly, it could even be that by the time winter break is over people simply have trouble getting back into the swing of things. Before they know it, it’s May and they have to take their finals.

Because it is so hard to engage at the beginning of the semester, it is important to start off strong. In today’s blog post, the Landmark Apartments, your local source of Colorado State University off-campus housing, will be discussing a few tips that you can use to start off the semester strong.

Set Goals

One of the reasons that the spring semester can be so brutal for students is that they don’t look far enough ahead. Rather than letting finals come out of nowhere, consider setting weekly or monthly goals so that you can keep track of where you are at in the semester. The goals you can set can have to do with your grades, your study habits, or any other aspect of your career as a student, the important part is that they keep you aware of your school schedule.

Eat Well & Exercise

While it might seem counterintuitive for us to suggest doing something other than studying to make your semester easier, but altering your diet and exercise can help you start your semester off strong and focused. When you eat better, whether that be eating more or eating healthier, you can give your body (and brain) the energy that it needs to function optimally. When you add regular exercise to the mix you will have the perfect cocktail for success. Regular exercise can burn off the extra energy that you have, allowing you to focus more on your studies.

Join Extra-Curricular Activities

Another great way to start your spring semester off strong is to participate in extracurricular activities. If you begin your semester by putting in eight-hour days in the Morgan Library there is a good chance that you will feel burnt out within weeks. Rather than becoming burnt out, consider joining an extra-curricular activity like a club or an intramural sports team so that you can have a more equal balance between schoolwork and your social life.

Create A Positive Study Environment At Home

Last, but certainly not least, you can start off your semester strong by creating a positive study environment in your home. A positive study environment is a place where distractions are limited but you can still feel comfortable.

At the Landmark Apartments, your student apartments in Fort Collins, you can find the perfect study environment. Whether you find your perfect study spot to be our on-site business center or your cozy apartment, you can rest assured knowing that you can start your spring semester strong here.

Are you not already a resident of our CSU off-campus housing community? Stop by our office or contact us today to schedule a tour of our student apartments in Fort Collins.

Things To Do If You Are Staying In Fort Collins Over Winter Break

Things To Do If You Are Staying In Fort Collins Over Winter Break

When you are a freshman, you have no choice but to go home over winter break, as the dorms close for weeks at a time leaving you without a bed and a roof over your head. But now that you are a sophomore, junior, or a senior living in CSU off-campus housing, you have a place to stay over winter break should you choose to opt out of traveling home.

Some upperclassmen still decide to go home for the holidays because they assume that all of their friends are going home as well. While yes, this is true, you really only need to have one or two friends around to have a fun time in Colorado! In today’s blog your source of off-campus housing near CSU, the Landmark Apartments, will be discussing a few of the things that you can do in, or near, Fort Collins that makes us think that you might want to stick around.

Take A Carriage Ride

Have you ever found yourself stumbling from one college bar to another, only to be cut off by a horse? While you might not remember your encounter with a horse and carriage, we have no doubt that you subconsciously remember it — and you subconsciously remember how fun it looked too. With Old Town as empty as it is during winter break take advantage of it and schedule a horse and carriage ride.

Hit The Slopes

If you are looking for the true “Colorado experience” we strongly urge you to consider grabbing some skis or a snowboard and heading west. Nestled in the mountains of Colorado there are a large number of fun resorts where you could spend the day or the week. Just remember, wear a helmet, don’t wear jeans, and have a good time.

Sled At EPIC

If you are a true resident of Fort Collins you know that there is one sledding hill that is rather epic. And by epic, we mean the Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC) at Edora Park. Sure, coming here in the summer might mean that you have to dodge people on bikes and Frisbee golf discs, but in the winter, all you have to do is look up — well, uphill we mean, because the last thing you want is for a kid on a sled to help you lose your footing.

Go Skating Downtown

While Old Town Square is known for live music in the summers, it is known for ice skating in the winter. Is there a girl or guy that you like? Grab them and take them on down to the rink! And who knows, if they can’t skate, you might even get a little hand-holding action. But get there early — this ice rink fills up fast.

Stay Inside

You already live in one of the best apartments for rent near CSU, so you really don’t even need to go outside if you don’t want to. Grab a movie, some snacks, and a friend and be homebodies!

Do you not already live at the Landmark Apartments? Apply today! There, problem solved.

Study Tips From Your Colorado State University Off-Campus Housing Provider

Winter break is almost in sight, and that can only mean one thing — final exams are even closer. Hopefully, you are already spending multiple hours a day studying, barricading yourself in a cubicle in the Morgan Library basement for a few hours a day — but if you aren’t, we have a few study tips that might help you prepare for your upcoming exams.

Whether you are studying on campus, or in your CSU off-campus housing, it is important that you buckle-down and begin to study smarter, not harder. Below, we have listed a few of our favorite study tips that might be beneficial for you to practice.

Study With Others

One of the best ways to retain information is to study with others. There is something about having a conversation about a topic that makes it much easier to remember — or you can go with your usual method and stare at the sheet of paper hoping that something will happen.

When you study with someone else, it is important to carefully choose who they are. We aren’t saying that you can’t study with your best friend, we are just saying that if all they want to do is talk about the party that you went to last week that they might not be a very helpful study partner. Instead, choose someone who genuinely cares about doing well on the exam.

Turn On Some Music

If you are at the library it might not be appreciated by others for you to pull out your Bluetooth speaker, so maybe when it comes to listening to music while studying you should consider studying at your apartment in Fort Collins near CSU. Studies have shown that playing music in the background while you study can actually improve your memory retention.

When choosing music to study to, consider playing something that you have heard before that is both mellow, yet entertaining. While you might think that your favorite artist’s new album would be a great choice, it is better to pick something that you won’t find yourself getting distracted by. Instead, pick something that you can play in the background that won’t be distracting.

Read It. Say It. Write It.

If you are studying for a test where the best way to succeed is to memorize the definitions and dates that have been taught to you the last semester, consider reading, writing, and saying the study terms. Studies have shown that one of the best ways to memorize content is to speak the terms aloud and write them down multiple times all while reading the content from its source.

In doing so, you will be doing a lot more than just trying to find a place to store the information in your brain, but you will also be utilizing muscle memory to cement the terms, definitions, and dates into your memory.

Relax In Your Colorado State University Off-Campus Housing

Sometimes the best way to prepare for your final exams is to relax — after all, if you stress yourself out too much you might not get enough sleep. So kick back and relax, put on your favorite movie, make a cup of tea, and most importantly, get a good night of sleep.

We hope that today’s blog post provided you with some helpful study tips that you can use to prepare for your upcoming exams. Are you interested in seeing what this Colorado State University off-campus housing is all about? Be sure to stop by and visit us today at the Landmark Apartments on the corner of Prospect and Shields! Contact us today if you have any questions.

Preparing For Winter Break With Your CSU Off-Campus Housing Provider

While it might seem like we just talked about how to prepare for Thanksgiving break, it is already time for you to start thinking about winter break — especially being that some of you only have two more weeks of school ahead of you. As a CSU off-campus housing provider, we see both breaks as important to plan for, but for winter break, it is even more important to plan long-term.

Winter break is over a month long, and we have a feeling that some of you will be gone for the entirety of the break, making it even more important to plan ahead. In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few of the ways that you can plan for a smooth winter break — both at home and at your empty CSU off-campus apartments.

Create The Illusion That Someone Is Home

While we live in a rather nice neighborhood, being that we are a block south of campus, it is unlikely that anyone would ever try to break into your home, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. One of the best ways to deter someone from breaking into your home is to make them think that you never left, and what better way is there to do so than to leave a light on.

You are probably thinking, “But your blogs always tell us to be mindful of utility?” and you are right to think that — because, after all, we do bring that up a lot. Rather than wasting energy and leaving a light on for a month, consider getting an outlet timer and scheduling a lamp to turn on for a couple hours every night once it gets dark outside.

Think About Your Car

A lot of Colorado State University students are from out of state, meaning that when you go home you usually have to leave your car behind while you fly. While you could park your car at the airport and spend $280 dollars on parking at Denver International Airport’s Pikes Peak Lot (yes we did the math), some people end up taking the shuttle.

While we commend those that take the shuttle, it can feel a little scary leaving your car in a parking lot for five weeks. But there are things that you can do to ensure that your car is safer. Consider parking it under a street lamp or near the front office so that people don’t feel comfortable taking a peek inside!

Recruit A Neighbor To Keep Watch

Being that we are more than just CSU off-campus apartments and plenty of non-students live at The Landmark Apartments, consider asking a neighbor that is not going home for the break to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around your apartment.

Have A Great Break!

If you are leaving us for the winter break season, we wish you happy holidays and hope that you have fun visiting your hometown. If you have any questions for us before you leave for winter break, please do not hesitate to contact us, or stop by the front office to ask! We will see you in a couple of weeks!

CSU Off-Campus Housing Winter Pro-Tips: Making Your Apartment Cozy

Living in Fort Collins we are pretty lucky when it comes to winter weather. Our winters are much milder than other parts of the state. When it snows we get to enjoy the winter wonderland for a day or two until the snow melts — leaving our roads clear and dry. Additionally, if we do experience the hankering for real winter weather we can simply head into the mountains an hour west! That being said, every so often Fort Collins can cool off!

What is one thing that is absolutely necessary on a -10 degree day in Fort Collins? At the Landmark Apartments, we think the most necessary thing to have on a cold day is a cozy apartment to go home to! In today’s blog, we will be discussing a few of our favorite tips to help you transform your apartment to a cozy refuge from the cold winter outdoors.

Blankets

In past blogs, we have discussed how valuable blankets can be to decorating your CSU off-campus apartments, but their real benefit lies in what they were actually made for — to keep you warm. One of the best ways to utilize blankets in your apartment near CSU this winter is to put them everywhere. A blanket by the door can provide you with a warm embrace as soon as you walk in from braving a snowstorm, while a blanket in the living room can provide you with warmth that you don’t have to leave the couch to find.

While being warm while relaxing in your student apartments is important, it is also important to be warm while you sleep — but not too warm though. To make your bed as cozy as possible this winter consider using a number of blankets in layers rather than one large and heavy blanket. In doing so you will be able to regulate your temperature easily by simply adding or removing blankets.

Don’t Be Afraid To Use The Fireplace

If you live at the Landmark Apartments there is a chance that you have a wood burning fireplace. And if you have a wood burning fireplace we suggest that you use it this winter! There is nothing better than laying by the fire (with one of those blankets in your living room), a cup of hot chocolate, and a good book — so what are you waiting for?

The only thing that we ask is that if you are unsure of how to safely use your fireplace that you contact the front desk so that they can show you — because there is nothing less relaxing than an out of control fire.

Make Your Bathroom A Cozy Sanctuary

Aside from sitting by the fireplace and burying yourself below a mountain of blankets, what is the best way to warm yourself up on a chilly Fort Collins afternoon? A warm bath! But how can you make your bathroom a cozy sanctuary? It is as simple as warm water, a bath bomb, and the lights turned down low. For absolute relaxation consider taking a warm bath, laying by the fireplace, and then crawling into bed!

If you are interested in visiting our CSU off-campus housing to see just how cozy you could make it, we urge you to contact us and schedule a tour. Do you have any additional questions about the Landmark Apartments? If so, be sure to check out our amenities and floor plans or to contact us and ask!

“Winterizing” Your CSU Off-Campus Apartments For Winter Break

It’s October, meaning that winter break is on the horizon. Winter break is a popular break for a student here in Fort Collins, being that it is not nearly as long as summer break, but it is remarkably five times longer than spring break.

Some students opt to stay in Fort Fun for a couple weeks more of unsupervised shenanigans, but at some point, almost everyone turns their CSU off-campus apartment’s lights off, locks the door behind them, and heads home to be pampered by their parents.

But what is happening at your apartment while you are gone? Are you wasting money by unnecessarily running appliances and other amenities while you are gone? In today’s blog, the Landmark Apartments, your provider of apartments for rent near Colorado State University, will be discussing a few of the more important actions that you should take towards “winterizing” your apartment before you make the journey home this winter break.

Adjust The Thermostat

As a college student, you probably value the money that you have more than the average American. That being said, why would you waste your hard-earned money on heating an empty apartment? Most people like to keep their homes and apartments at an average of 68 degrees throughout the winter, but when you leave your apartment for anything longer than a couple days, it is wise to set your thermostat down to 50 or 55. By setting your thermostat to 50 or 55, you will not waste energy heating the apartment, but it will still stay warm enough that pipes will not burst, and it will be easily reheatable come to your return.

Unplug Everything

Another important thing that you can do in your apartments near CSU before leaving on winter break is to unplug all your appliances. No, we aren’t saying that you need to unplug your refrigerator, we are simply saying that you should unplug your non-essential appliances that will consume electricity whether you are there or not. The tv, mini-fridges, kitchen appliances, and computer cables can all consume electricity even when they are not in use. By unplugging all of the appliances in your home, you might surprise yourself how much power you might be able to save.

Stop Your Mail

Depending on the length of your trip, it might be in your best interest to put a temporary hold on your mail. If you are planning on being gone for multiple weeks, your mail might build up, filling your mailbox and making it different for the delivery person. Putting a hold on your mail is as simple as visiting the United States Postal Service website and listing the address of your CSU off-campus apartment.

Tell Our Staff

At the Landmark Apartments, we might be your very best resource when it comes to advice in regard to leaving your apartment unattended. Not only can we provide you with insights as to how you can save energy (and money) while you are gone, as well as keep an eye out on your apartment while you are gone! For more information on our apartments in Fort Collins near CSU, we urge you to visit our website, or contact us to ask!

Studying In Your Apartment In Fort Collins Near CSU

Ahh, the crisp fall air swiftly moves around your face as dodge piles of leaves on your short bike ride home from campus. When you close the door to your CSU off-campus apartment you have the sudden urge to jump in bed — warming your cold bones with the plush quilt that Grandma made for your freshman year. But wait! “I have to study for my test tomorrow!”, you exclaim. “But… what if… I studied in bed?”

Stop what you are doing right there! We all know how this story goes. You get in bed, crawl under the covers, pull out your textbook to study, and then you fall asleep. If you get in bed, there is hardly a possible situation where you get out of bed both well informed and ready to take your test.

As a source of Colorado State University off-campus housing, we, here at the Landmark Apartments understand the difficulties associated with studying in your own home. You have to keep yourself from getting distracted while also paying attention to your schoolwork. But what is the alternative? Studying in the Morgan Library? No thanks!

In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few of our favorite tips for studying at home.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

As we stated in our lengthy introduction, it is important that you do not become too comfortable in your student apartments when preparing to study. You live a busy life, meaning you are always tired. So the second you lay in bed or throw on those pajamas, you have already given up on studying to the best of your ability. So grab a chair, sit at your desk, and study before you get too comfortable!

Multitask Within Reason

There is a huge debate in regard to if multitasking is actually beneficial to students when studying, but at the Landmark Apartments, we just have to say that it is different for everyone. Some people cannot listen to music as they work, but for others, music while studying helps them thrive. Instead of trying not to multitask, simply try to regulate it — i.e. don’t text, listen to music, and study while you have the television on in the background.

Take Breaks

While taking a break from studying might seem to be a little counter-intuitive, it is not! Studies have shown that short breaks can actually be beneficial to your retention of information. Now, we aren’t saying that you should watch a Netflix episode for every 30 minutes of studying (you don’t want to go down that rabbit hole), we are simply saying that you should get up and walk around every once and awhile! In fact, our paths at our apartments in Fort Collins, CO near CSU are perfect for a quick study-break walk.

Find A Quiet Place — A Place Like The Landmark Apartments

Here at the Landmark Apartments, we understand that studying can be difficult, but there are ways to get it done. The tips that we have provided above combined with a strong work ethic and will to graduate are more than enough to ensure that your studying goes smoothly. If you are looking for student apartments that are quiet and perfect for studying, look no further than the Landmark Apartments, your local apartments in Fort Collins near CSU.

Not only are our apartments perfect for students to study in, but they are also within walking distance to campus. So what are you waiting for? Become a part of our student apartment community today!

Schedule a tour today or contact us for more information. Are you already convinced that the Landmark Apartments is the place to be? Apply online today!

Things To Do Homecoming Weekend, Brought To You By CSU Off-Campus Housing

It is finally starting to cool off in Fort Collins (kinda), and you know what that means — homecoming weekend is near! Colorado State University’s homecoming begins on Wednesday, October 10 and ends on Sunday, October 14 — with a number of events spread out across the week. But what exactly is there to do during homecoming weekend near our student apartments in Fort Collins?

In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few of our favorite homecoming weekend events, after all, here at the Landmark Apartments, we are within walking distance of most. Continue reading to learn more about the must-see events this next homecoming, brought to you by your local apartments near CSU.

Friday, October 12 — The Homecoming Parade

As a student, it might seem lame to attend a parade on a Friday night when you would much rather… do whatever it is that you do on Friday nights, but the CSU homecoming parade is actually quite fun. Beginning at 4:30, long before your commitments for the evening, you can watch community and university floats pass by while the CSU marching band cheers them on. The event is located on the North side of campus, meaning it is a quick walk through campus from our Colorado State University off-campus housing.

Saturday, October 13 — The Coors Light Ram walk Tailgate

If a “Ram Walk” sounds foreign to you, you are probably under the age of 50. The Ram Walk, an event that ended nearly 50 years ago when the football field was moved off-campus, has returned with the completion of Sonny Lubick field at Canvas Credit Union Stadium just last year. Watch the Rams walk in as they prepare to challenge New Mexico! Our student apartments in Fort Collins are less than a mile from the stadium, meaning parking is the least of your worries.

Saturday, October 13 — The Homecoming Football Game

The University Of New Mexico Lobos may have a better record than our home team Rams, but they also haven’t had the challenge of playing two SEC schools, one of which we won. Walk down from our CSU off-campus housing and watch the Rams as they re-balance their record with some conference play!

 

Sunday, October 14 — The Homecoming 5K

The homecoming 5k is a staple of Colorado State University’s homecoming weekend — and a great way to end too! Join students, locals, and parents as they trot around campus while being led by CAM the ram! Over 1,500 people showed up last year, so why don’t you make it 1,501?  The best part is, you can run straight through the finish line right to your student apartments in Fort Collins, after all, we are just a stone’s throw from the edge of campus.

Celebrate With Us This Homecoming At The Landmark Apartments

What is the best part about homecoming? Not having to fight the traffic, or find parking near the stadium! When you live with us at the Landmark Apartments, you practically live across the street from campus — no wonder why we are a popular apartment in Fort Collins near CSU. Come to visit us and let us show you around! Contact us today if you have any questions about our student apartments in Fort Collins.

Three Restaurants Open Late Near Your CSU Off-Campus Housing

School has just started and you are likely pretty happy to be back up in Fort Fun with your friends. While you are happy to be back up in Fort Collins, syllabus week flew by at an unfair speed — you blinked, and it was gone. By now, you likely already have your first assignments, and you are quickly beginning to realize that your classes are a lot harder than they were in the past. After hours and hours of homework you look up from your computer screen only to notice that you’ve done it again — you forgot to get dinner!

Luckily, you live in Fort Collins, meaning that you have an abundance of restaurants near your Colorado State University off-campus housing that are open well into the night. In today’s blog post, your local provider of student apartments in Fort Collins, the Landmark Apartments, will be discussing some of the best places to get a late night bite after studying!

Krazy Karl’s Pizza – 1030 a.m. – 3 a.m.

If your stomach is rumbling after a late night of homework, you might hear the sweet sweet taste of Krazy Karl’s spicy ranch calling your name — well, maybe their pizzas too. Krazy Karl’s is a local favorite that is known for its trivia nights, Sunday football games, and of course their interesting pizza creations. Are you hankering for chicken strips and pizza at 2 a.m.? Why compromise. Instead, get chicken strips on your pizza.

Silvermine Subs – 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Are you looking for a late-night snack that is a little bit healthier? If so, we urge you to check out Silvermine Subs. While we aren’t saying that every sandwich on their menu is a healthy option, they have the potential to be as healthy as you make it. Worried about walking to Silvermine Subs alone in the middle of the night? Don’t fret, they have three Fort Collins locations and they will even deliver to apartments in Fort Collins near CSU until 3 a.m.

Fat Shack – Monday Through Thursday 11 a.m – 3 a.m. – Friday Through Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.

On the complete opposite side of the health food spectrum is Fat Shack — a restaurant that specializes in helping intoxicated students feel less intoxicated. With a menu featuring chicken finger and mozzarella stick sandwiches, you are sure to be full after eating something off of the fat shack menu. Additionally, they are one of the restaurants that are open latest in town, so you can always get a meal, regardless of the time.

Even If You Have To Walk, Home Is Close

If you live here with us at the Landmark apartments, you will get all of the benefits of living on campus, while still having the freedom of living off. Our student apartments in Fort Collins are perfectly located between a multitude of renowned restaurants, as well as some with flexible schedules. Whether you walk a block north to Rams Village/Campus West, south to Village West, or east to the University Acres area, you are sure to find a bite to eat at any time of day. Come to visit our apartments in Fort Collins, CO, near CSU today and see for yourself!

If you have any questions about our Colorado State University off-campus housing, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Unpacking Your CSU Off-Campus Apartments

Wow, time flies. It is hard to believe that summer is over and you have already moved into your new Fort Collins apartment near CSU. If you haven’t already moved into your new apartment, check out our last blog where we discussed some helpful tips and tricks that might make your move a little easier. In today’s blog post, your source for “high-quality” Colorado State University off-campus housing, the Landmark Apartments, will be discussing the most efficient way to unpack and settle into your new home!

Set Up Your Bed

The first thing that should always be done when moving into a new home is to set up your bed — after all, you will need a place to sleep regardless of how far into unpacking that you get during your first day. Additionally, it is likely that your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your home, making it prudent to move it while you still have moving help!

Take A Crack At The Kitchen

Next, it is important that you at least begin to unpack the kitchen boxes. When packing up your old house it is always a good idea to put all of the essentials in a single box (and to mark it, of course) to ensure that the first night in your new Fort Collins student apartment doesn’t involve frantically looking for plates and silverware.

Unpack Your Bathroom

Once the kitchen essentials are unpacked, move on to the bathroom and unpack all of your essentials. Why should you move on to the bathroom before finishing the kitchen? The answer is quite simple — not brushing your teeth is gross. Additionally, unpacking little by little in each room can keep you from becoming overwhelmed or annoyed.

Unpack Your Closet

Arguably the easiest of all unpacking is that of unpacking your clothes, as they are all going to one of two places — the dresser or the closet. By unpacking your clothes fairly early on in the unpacking process, you can free up some extra floor space in your new apartment in Fort Collins near CSU, making it much easier to move around as you unpack other boxes.  

Move Back To The Kitchen & Bathroom

Now, it is time for you to move back to the rest of the apartment and finish the unpacking that you had previously started. As you do so, it is important to think of ways that you can optimize the space that you have, making it more efficient than your prior living accommodations were. Additionally, don’t do it all alone! Unless you live in one of the various studio apartments in Fort Collins, it is important to make sure that your roommates help you unpack the common areas.

The Landmark Apartments Is Here To Help

While that statement may have been misleading — no, we will not help you unpack. Instead, we will leave you with peace of mind in knowing that if there is any maintenance, or other services relating to your new CSU off-campus housing, we will be there to help. So happy unpacking!

If you have any questions about the amenities that we provide, or you wish to learn more about our services, we urge you to contact us today. Additionally, if you are a little late to the apartment hunting game, apply to become a part of our community.