Why A House is Better Than an Apartment During College

It’s no mystery that the recent trend for college housing has been high rise apartment complexes with pools and way too many roommates. But what if that’s not actually your best option?


Living in a house over an apartment during your college years has many benefits. And it’s not actually as much maintenance as rumors may say and it is cheaper! Jackson Properties provides yard work services, pest control, and house repairs, which means the only thing you really have to maintain is your own space! Just like anywhere else. The benefits outweigh the negatives by a long shot. So we have put together this list for you to see for yourself…


You will use your huge backyard more than a complex gym and grill

High rise complexes bait you in with promises of game rooms, pools, grill areas, etc. But in reality, less than half of apartment residents actually use the amenities offered. When you have your own large backyard within steps of your bedroom, you’re more likely to take advantage of it’s possibilities like bonfires, gardening, laying out, tailgating, grilling, and more!


More Privacy

When you’re living in an apartment complex, you’re sharing the hallways, the elevator, the pool, the grill area, etc with hundreds of other residents; and they probably all brought their own guests too! In a house, you wouldn’t have to deal with waiting your turn to use a grill that doesn’t work and you wouldn’t have to deal with trashed elevators and hallways after a big game. When living in a house, you get the opportunity to go at your own pace and worry about your own messes, no one else’s. And definitely not anyone above or below you!


Better point of contact – always within reach of the owner

High rise complexes are run by big corporate companies with offices hundreds of miles away, which is not ideal if you want to speak to owners directly. On top of that, property managers at these complexes are on high turnover and rarely have time to get to know their residents. When you’re renting a house from a local company, the owner is right in the office and can speak to you about your concerns and accommodations directly! As well as having a friendly, long-term, and dedicated staff to help you find what suits your needs.


Owners typically care about their houses more

As mentioned above, the real owners of high complexes are usually miles away and can’t directly oversee how their properties are being run. When you rent local, the owner is more directly involved and takes pride in the condition of the houses. Quality, cleanliness, and repairs are prioritized. 


Parking is never an issue – for you or for your guests. No extra charge

No more monthly fees for parking in a crowded garage! You and your guests get to park for free in your own driveway. So no more having to hear “where should I park?” from visitors. 


Can divide up the rent differently to meet everyone’s needs

Personalize your agreements with roommates to meet the needs of everyone! If you have a smaller room in the house, you can make a deal with roommates to pay a lower price, and vice versa with a bigger room. Everyone’s experience within the house can be personalized and different. No more cookie cutter, identical copies of rooms!


It’s cheaper overall 

When you look at the overall costs of living in a high rise, it’s not just rent and parking going into your monthly payment. These companies also include the high costs of their advertising into your rent. All that free merchandise and TV giveaways has to be paid somehow! And it’s right out of their residents’ overpriced rent.

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