An apartment has more expenses than most people consider besides rent, security deposit (usually) and utilities. If it's your first apartment you need to buy a lot of small things you've never thought about like furniture, trash cans, dish towels, and spices. Before you decide to get an apartment, try going through a big box store and add up the costs of everything you would buy to stock a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and add them up on the calculator on your phone. Doing that makes many people want to live with a roommate and split those costs. It's also why many college students live on campus at least the first year. Some schools require that you do so.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Before deciding to live in an apartment, add up the costs of everything to stock an apartment
- Consider living with roommates or on campus in comparison to costs
- Check if your school requires freshman to live on campus. (Many schools do)
- Don't forget to consider costs of utilities and security deposits before choosing an apartment