If you are starting university soon but don't live near the school you are attending, you will need to find student housing. There are a few things you need to consider before you sign a lease for the duration of the year or even for your entire time at the school.

For example, do you want to stay in the school's own rental housing, or would you prefer to live off-campus? Here are some tips on how to choose the right student housing for you.

What You Should Think About

There are a few things you need to think about before signing a lease on any type of student housing. First, what is your budget for the rental? Can you rent a home on your own, or will you need a roommate to help with the rental costs? Did you budget for utilities, food, and transportation as well? Do you prefer a more all-inclusive type rental, which could be on campus and most costs including Internet and TV are included?

If you wish to rent an off-campus home or apartment, do you have a security deposit and first and last month's rent? If you wish to stick to a budget, you might want to think about finding a home or apartment that is close to campus to cut down on travel costs as well.

What The Rental Market Is Like

You don't just need to think about what you can afford, but you also need to think about what the actual rental market is like where your school is located. If it's a high-demand area, you won't just be competing with other students for rentals, but you could also be competing with families and those who just moved to the area.

If your school is in a small town, there may not be many rental homes available, and you might want to consider staying in your school's own housing, especially if they offer a variety of homes and apartments to rent both on and off-campus.

The Length Of Lease

You should think about how long you plan to rent the home or apartment as well. If you plan to stay for the duration of your schooling, you might want to think about a month-to-month lease. This can be extended for as long as you need it to. It can also be ended at any time in the duration of your lease as long as you give sufficient notice of your departure.

You might opt for a year lease or several months depending on the length of your course. If you opt for student housing, such as SWOSU student housing, you may have more flexibility in your rental agreement. It may be possible to rent for the entire school year or for the duration of your course.