CSU Off-Campus Housing: Tips & Tricks

One of the most exciting life events that some people will ever experience is going to college. You get to pack up your things and move across the state or country to move-in with a bunch of strangers that have the potential to become some of your best friends. While going to college can be extremely exciting, it can also be one of the scariest experiences too, because after all, you are leaving your home to move somewhere that you don’t know much about.

As a freshman you will likely live on campus in the dorms with much of your life taking place on campus, but during year two, you might consider moving off-campus. The Colorado State University off-campus housing market can be extremely intimidating, as there are a multitude of different apartment complexes to choose from. Additionally, apartments near CSU tend to fill up very quickly, as students scramble to guarantee that they have somewhere to live the following year.

At The Landmark Apartments we want to help make things extremely easy for you when it comes time for you to choose where you will live. In today’s blog post we will discuss some tips and tricks for finding a quality Colorado State University off-campus housing option.

What Should You Consider When Looking For CSU Off-Campus Housing?

Finding a place to live that is affordable, close to campus, and well kept can be extremely hard, especially with the amount of older buildings present in Northern Fort Collins. Below, we have compiled a list of things to keep in mind before you commit to a 12-month lease.

Location

One of the most important things to consider when you are looking for CSU off-campus housing is location. The proximity of the property to campus is an extremely underrated value, being that the last thing you would want to happen is to wake up late for class only to realise you live miles away from campus.

When you are preparing to find an apartment near CSU, it is extremely important that you set a maximum distance from campus that you are willing to live (some sites let you set distance). Once you set a distance you can begin to refine your search by considering factors such as amenities offered and the quality of the apartment.

If you are looking for apartments in Fort Collins, Colorado, near CSU check out The Landmark Apartments. Just a quick walk from campus, our apartments are located the perfect distance from your classes. Contact us today to inquire about our availability.

 

Tour Multiple Options

Once you have found a couple of potential properties it is time to begin taking tours to get a better idea of what you want. As we stated earlier, a lot of the CSU off-campus housing is older, so it is good to get a better idea of what you will be looking at. After you have made a couple appointments, tour the properties, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Once you have successfully toured multiple apartments in Fort Collins and have a better idea of what to expect, you may have an easier time finding the perfect place.

Take Pics Of Damages

After you have toured multiple places it is likely that you will begin to choose favorites, possibly prompting a second tour. If you do in fact go back for a second tour, be sure to ask questions about both the apartment, and the lease. All to often students sign leases without fully reading them and get locked in to a lease with ridiculous rules that inevitable require you to pay the landlord extra money.

How can you avoid this? Well, most of the time students get in trouble because the landlord claims that the tenant caused some form of damage, even if they hadn’t because the landlord knows that the law is on their side after you sign the lease. To avoid getting stuck paying for something that you didn’t damage, take pictures of all of the existing damages that you notice and time stamp them so that they can be produced to the landlord if they think you damages something.

Have Someone Review The Lease

As we briefly discussed above, some landlords can be potentially shady with their leases, using fine text to loop their tenants into owing more money. As a Colorado State University Student, you have a unique opportunity to ensure that that doesn’t happen. By utilizing Student Legal Services, you can protect yourself from a bad lease. Simply make an appointment online and then reap the benefits.

Other loopholes that Student Legal Services may look for involve clauses that are sometimes inserted that state you can get kicked out with little notice, clauses that would lock you in for an extended term, as well as clauses that pretty much guarantee that you wont recieve your deposit on move-out day. Here at The Landmark Apartments we have heard all too many stories of our residents getting locked into ridiculous leases at their last apartment, so be extra careful when looking for apartments near CSU.

Visit The Landmark Apartments

If you are looking for Colorado State University off-campus housing be sure to come take a tour with us at The Landmark Apartments. Our management company, Summit Management Services Inc., has been managing properties for close to 40 years, so you can feel comfortable knowing that you are in the hands of an experienced and proven rental management company.

At The Landmark Apartments we are dedicated to providing students with quality apartments in Fort Collins, Colorado, near CSU. If you would like more information on our wonderful apartments check out our amenities and our floor plans on our website. Additionally, don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions that you may have or to request a tour.

Have you already taken a tour of our apartments and community facilities? If you have, feel free to apply to rent one of our off-campus apartments today. Stay tuned to our blog for future posts.