Beginning in August, many students will be making their way back to college. And for some, this means the much-anticipated move into an off-campus apartment.
In addition to not having a residential adviser and a bathroom that's not shared by a hall full of people, other changes should be noted. Students should take certain security precautions that they may not have while living on-campus.
In 2008, there were 2,375 non-campus burglaries that were reported by U.S. colleges, according to All Home Security. One way to help ensure safety is to always walk in areas that are well-lit. If this isn't possible at a student's apartment complex, they should tell the property manager that more lights need to be installed.
Doors should always be locked at night and when away from the apartment, All Home Security said. It's advised to not buzz in strangers to an apartment building and to walk with keys in hand, as opposed to looking for them when at the door.
Moving into an off-campus apartment is big day for a lot of students. This relocation
can be made easier by using a portable storage
service that will transport a person's packed belongings to their new home.