7 Reasons to Lease a Home Instead of an Apartment in College

It’s no secret that high-rise apartment buildings have become popular choices for student housing. Although they look appealing in photos, most residents come to learn that it’s never as good as it seems. While they reel you in with swimming pools and clubhouses, you also have to deal with paper-thin walls where you can hear your neighbors at two in the morning and cubicle-sized bedrooms. But what if we told you there was a better option? 

There are several advantages to leasing a home, such as privacy, affordability, and dedicated management, among many others. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or graduate student, leasing a home can provide you with a comfortable living situation while you’re working hard to get your degree. Here are 7 reasons to rent a house rather than live in an apartment. 

1. More Privacy

When you’re living in an apartment complex, you’re sharing the hallways, the elevator, the pool, and other common areas with hundreds of other residents (not including all the guests they invite). In a house, you won’t have to deal with trashed elevators and hallways after a big game, you get to go at your own pace and worry about your messes, no one else’s. And there won’t be rowdy neighbors partying until 2 a.m. when you have to be up early the next morning. When you live in a house, you get your home and yard completely to yourself.

2. Less Costly 

When you look at the overall costs of living in a high-rise apartment, it’s not just rent and parking going into your monthly payment. These companies also include the high costs of their advertising in your rent. All that free merchandise and giveaways have to be paid for somehow, and it’s right out of their residents’ rent. At our properties, rent is divided between tenants as needed, so you can adjust how much you pay based on your living situation, making it much more affordable than any apartment complex. Not to mention, you won’t have to worry about paying for amenities you’re not using! 

3. Free Parking!

You can forget about paying monthly fees for parking in a crowded garage! You and your guests get to park for free in your driveway. No more having to hear “where should I park?” from your visitors when they come over. 

4. Spacious Backyard

High-rise complexes bait you in with promises of fun game rooms, pools with grills, study rooms, and other sparkling amenities. But in reality, less than half of the residents use the amenities offered, and more often than not the amenities are never properly maintained. When you live in a home, you have your large backyard within steps of your bedroom, and you’re more likely to take advantage of its possibilities. You can grill, lay out in the sun, tailgate, garden, or have a bonfire with your friends whenever you please.

5. Better Management

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. At Jackson Properties, we pride ourselves on providing quality service to our residents and making them feel like family. Whatever your needs, we’re only a phone call or a short drive away!

6. Cleaner Homes

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 locally, the owner is more directly involved and takes pride in the condition of the houses. Quality, cleanliness, and repairs are prioritized. Our team takes care of maintenance and keeping your yard looking polished and clean. All you have to worry about is keeping up with your own space!

7. Rent Can be Divided Between Tenants

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 and units. 


As you can see, there are many great reasons to lease a home instead of an apartment in college. You deserve privacy and comfort at an affordable price while you’re in school. Lucky for you, we have various properties suited for different needs, and they’re all conveniently located near Florida State University. You can contact us or check out our properties tab to see what homes are currently available. So, before you sign the lease for that overpriced apartment, consider that a home may be better suited for your college years!

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