If you have decided to live in university housing instead of the dorm room, the first thing that you need to understand is the cost associated with it in order to prevent any surprise cost. Your monthly and daily expenses will go towards rent, food, transportation, utility, household amenities, and others. When you are aware of the cost associated, you can have your finances in order and maintain your budget.
There are many reasons why students decide to stay in student housing apartments instead of the dorm such as the desire for privacy, exposure to life experiences, access to better amenities, freedom, and much more. There are many advantages associated with living in such apartments, which is the reason why many students prefer that kind of lifestyle. This blog will give you an idea about the cost associated with Utah Valley University Housing.
Rent: It’s a no-brainer that rent should be the first item on your expense list. Before you sign a lease, it’s important to determine the cost of rent. You will likely have to pay the rent every month within a set date. Consider your other expenses you need to take care of and do not choose an apartment that you cannot afford.
Food: For those who are determined to eat healthy, their biggest advantage of living in a student housing apartment is that they can cook food according to their nutrition needs. No more having to eat the food provided in the dining hall. When determining the cost of the food, you should add up the expense of the typical three meals that you eat in a day. Another thing that you should probably take into account is where the closest grocery store is from your apartment.
Utility Bill: Whether you are living alone or with roommates, you will have to pay the utility bills. Depending on the apartment, the utility bill usually consists of the cost of electricity, gas, water, internet, air conditioner, garbage services, and more. In some apartments, these utility services are covered in the rent, but in others, they are not included. Be sure to clarify this with the landlord before renting so you can avoid any surprise charges.
Transportation: When you are looking for an apartment, distance should be one of the top priorities. The cost of the transportation will depend on the distance of the student housing apartment to campus. When you commute back and forth, you will not only have to spend money for traveling, but you will also have to spend some time doing so. Whether you are driving or taking public transportation, make sure that the cost is within your budget and that you have enough time to get to your classes in time.
This blog should give you a rough idea of the cost of living for UVU Housing.