After reading Here from our course reader. this prompted a conversation about housing with my classmates at my table. We talked about our current situations and future plans. Compared to everyone else, I got the best case scenario. I live in a suite in the newest dorm. During my first semester, I had a roommate who I could actually compromise with when there was issues. The only annoying thing was that she would bring her boyfriend over all the time. At the beginning of my second semester, she had to leave and I was left with a room all to my self. I was also told that it was unlikely that I would get a new roommate so I have my own room for the entire semester. I was very fortunate to have this setup for my first year of college. I’m also excited for my future living plan with American Campus Housing.
Around this time of the year, many are trying to find housing for next year. Some are fortunate to get on campus housing near the commons and library. There is also the option to go with an off campus housing company. Because of my experience living in Gladding Residence Center, which is owned by American Campus Housing, I decided to go with one of the other buildings of a similar design. The issue is that these apartments can be expensive and fill up quickly. Being the planner I am, I decided to sign a lease in October while there was still discounts and availability. However, most freshman aren’t thinking about finding housing in their first semester. It’s only at the beginning of second semester that housing is being advertised to students. The stress of finding home then causes people to rush for the best options in February and March. For those who wait to find an apartment, they may find themselves looking at uncomfortable living options.
From what I have heard, many apartments near campus or that advertise to students have not been very good. Many online talk about bug infestations, mean landlords, or homeless people sleeping in the halls. These are things that people don’t find out about until they visit the apartment or move in. I can’t imagine being stuck on a year long lease for a place with cockroaches running around. Another issue with housing is that its hard to find roommates to live with. In my own situation, I am looking for a roommate based on people who I know. If I cant find someone before a certain date I will have a to live with a stranger. These are only some of the troubles of being a freshmen in need of housing for next year.