I don’t know how it happened, but it’s time for back to school. It seems like August snuck up on us this year and now we’re here! It’s about to be class time for popular universities in Dallas and Fort Worth like Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, and University of Texas.
Here are some of our FAVORITE apartment communities for college students in DFW:
You can’t get much closer to SMU than being right on SMU Boulevard! These gorgeous luxury flats have floor plans featuring up to 3 bedrooms, and the amenities include everything from on-site trainers and complimentary bootcamp classes to stunning downtown Dallas views and a washer/dryer included. There are even restaurants and retail on the first floor here, so you may not have to leave for fun! If you do, all kinds of nightlife, restaurants, and bars are within walking or biking distance.
Another great choice for SMU students! It’s like living at a resort here with the large, lengthy swimming pool (get those laps in!) and the theatre room for perfect movie nights. They welcome all size pets here, and there’s a five story parking garage which means you never have to worry about walking in the rain or finding a close parking spot when you’re coming home with a load of groceries. The beautiful bright kitchens are our favorites – and there are tons of built-in extras for storing your textbooks and school supplies.
Med student? You need a place nearby UT Southwestern and this community fits the bill. These sleek, stylish apartments are perfect for relaxing and studying with one and two bedroom floor plans available. Inside the clubhouse there’s even a latte lounge to keep you going! Washer and dryer are included, and you’re going to love the contemporary feel of each home with designer backsplashes in the kitchen, open spaces, and modern finishes.
Not one, but two pools. That’s just the start of all the good things this community has to offer. Right off of highway 75, for easy access to just about anywhere you have to go – class, your job, or just hanging out with friends. Nestled in one of the newest areas of Dallas, we hear AWESOME things about this community! From the designer kitchens (with under cabinet lighting!) perfect for testing out new recipes, to the fitness studio and co-working spaces, we are in absolute love. There’s even a game lounge with flat screens for viewing parties! Really, you’re at the center of everything here no matter what school you attend.
If this is your FIRST Apartment, there are a few things to know.
- Decide how much you can really afford in rent. You may be balancing tuition, books, and all kinds of other bills being out on your own for the first time. And rent isn’t just about the rent – think about your cable bill, your electricity, and things like auto insurance and renter’s insurance. Not sure what you can afford? We have a handy guide for you, that can help you figure out exactly what your monthly rent should be.
- Pay close attention and be specific with us about how far you can be from campus! Do you have a car with you? Is your campus close to a Dart station or bus stop? Is it absolutely necessary for you to be within walking or biking distance? It’s ok to be really detailed about what you need. Great tips? If you’re going to have a job and need to be at class, draw a circle with a 3-5 mile radius around each one. Is there an intersecting point? That’s where you would ideally want to live!
- Be sure to save some $$$ for furnishing and decorating your apartment. You’ll need cleaning supplies and a bed, just for starters. It can be overwhelming to think about starting out on your own for the first time. Luckily, this is Dallas and there are tons of Facebook garage sale sites and Craigslist to get you started. Be safe when you’re purchasing something from anybody you don’t know. Bring a friend and always meet in a public, well-lit place!
That’s the basics about finding an apartment. Using an apartment locator can save you tons of time if you’re busy trying to register for classes and figure out living in a new city. We’re here to help! And it’s a FREE service.
Here are some other tips for living out on your own for the first time:
- Set some ground rules with your roommate. Talk about everything from having parties, to significant others spending the night, and who’s taking care of chores like taking out the trash!
- Save the maintenance number that your apartment community gives to you. You WILL need it at some point!
- Keep your key on you at all times and lock your doors for safety.
- Be sure to update your address with your school so you get your mail.
- Set a reminder on your phone to pay rent. It can be tough to remember if this is new, and you don’t want to get stuck with late fees.
- Treat your apartment like your home, not a dorm room. Decorate to make it feel like home, and keep it clean! Failing to do regular maintenance can mean losing $$$ on your deposit when your lease is up.
Have fun, and enjoy an awesome semester, students!