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Factors to Consider when Choosing a USC Off-Campus Housing

By Jamie Richardson | December 16, 2021

If you are a student at the University, one exciting adventure available to USC students is off-campus housing. If you are considering living off-campus, it's important to take some time to look at the different factors that are important to you. You'll want to think about things like location, amenities, price range, and more if you really want to find the perfect campus housing for yourself. 

This blog post will help guide you through USC off-campus housing selection considerations so that your college or work experience can be as fulfilling as possible.

Available Amenities- It's critical that you consider available amenities when looking for USC Off Campus Housing. You'll want to think about things like the internet connection, whether or not your apartment building has a washer and dryer unit in it. Also, check if there is parking available on-site, etc. Another important factor regarding proximity to school is whether there are amenities like shopping centers nearby where you can go grab food if needed.

Location-The first thing that you'll want to think about when considering off-campus housing is the location. Where will your new apartment be? This may depend on how close or far away from USC's main campus or University Park. If you are looking for something closer to school, make sure that it has easy access via public transit and/or car (such as near a bus stop) so that navigating around Los Angeles doesn't become too difficult of an experience. 

The Cost- Another important factor to consider is how much you want to spend each month on rent and other associated costs like groceries, utilities, internet, etc. It's important to budget out your expenses so that you're not overspending in one area just because you're living off-campus.

Size of Place- Depending on your needs, you might want an apartment with two bedrooms if there are two of you or if it's just one bedroom. There are plenty of studios available to choose from. There is even the option for single people looking for some privacy to rent a room in someone else's house instead of an entire apartment unit on their own (also known as "subletting").

Room Sharing- another potential living arrangement that you might want to consider under certain circumstances is whether or not you're willing and comfortable sharing your space with other roommates. If this seems like it would work for your lifestyle, make sure that everyone has similar schedules so they can respect each others' sleep patterns. You'll also need to be mindful about who gets along outside of school. Sometimes conflicts can arise when students live together. Be prepared to deal with or avoid such issues beforehand.

Private bedroom- Having your own bedroom is another possibility if you want to live off-campus. You'll want to make sure that the apartment or house has enough space for everyone without feeling too cramped, but also make sure that your new living arrangement feels like home.

Living Situation- Some students prefer their privacy, so they might not be interested in sharing a room with someone else. But others may have no problem with it and would prefer an open floor plan that makes socializing easier. 

It's important to consider what will work best for you because having options available can help relieve some of the stress of finding USC housing. For example, there are plenty of furnished apartments at your disposal where everything from dinnerware to sheets needs to be provided to each tenant.

Finally, it's important to remember that there are plenty of options available for you regarding USC off-campus housing. There is a wide variety of different types and locations from which you can choose. However, it might take some time, but finding your new space will be totally worth it in the end.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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