Even though the spring semester has just begun, students are beginning to think about their next academic year, specifically where they will be living. Finding roommates, looking into housing options and signing contracts can potentially be an overwhelming and intimidating process.
My first year, I lived in Blair-Shannon House and enjoyed the convenience of being on campus and not having to worry about monthly rent or utilities. These aspects alone were a big part of my decision to live on campus my second year in Sunvilla Tower. This housing option is an on-campus, apartment style living specifically for upperclassmen. Missouri State University also has another apartment style option, Monroe Apartments. Both of these housing options are conveniently on-campus, include a kitchen and furnished living, and provide washer and dryer facilities with free laundry. There are some aspects of being on campus that you just can’t beat.
My third year in college, I lived in housing provided by my sorority. For those who join a fraternity or sorority, they tend to live in this housing option their second year of being in the organization. I joined a sorority in my second year, and therefore lived in my sorority house my junior year of college. For those who are contemplating this housing option, it was truly an unforgettable experience. I always had a friend to study with or buddy to go to the gym with. Not to mention, Greek row is just a short walk or a Bearline ride away from campus.
As a senior this year, I am living in an off campus apartment. Though there a numerous apartment options within a walking distance to campus, I chose an apartment that was about a seven minute drive to lesson my monthly rent. Apartments further from campus tend to be more affordable. However, I do find it inconvenient sometimes to be so far from campus. Doing some digging and being proactive in apartment searching can allow students to find housing that are both close to campus and very affordable.
Some things to keep in mind when looking for apartments. Some apartments have lower monthly rent, but might not include utilities, cable/Wi-Fi, or are not furnished. Furnished apartments can be great options for college students who are sharing common spaces with roommates. Furthermore, some apartments include appliances like washers and dryers, while others do not. Have your student look into parking options, proximity to campus, and the overall surrounding community. There is a balance between affordable and cheap apartments and doing research helps to highlight those differences.
In general, the area surrounding Missouri State’s campus has a multitude of housing options for students. Most facilities are catered toward student’s needs and are great options for roommate style living. Due to a large majority of renters in this area being college students, some housing options even offer rent per room. This is a great aspect for college students so that each roommate is held accountable for their own rent.
Overall, encourage your student to begin thinking about possible roommates for next year and to look into their various options. There are many factors to consider when thinking about housing, but the sooner your students begins this process, the better!