Trying to find an apartment near NC State, whether or not you’re looking for student housing, is no picnic. There are at least a hundred, if not more, apartment complexes all around Main Campus, and that’s just if you’re looking within a 15-minute drive of the university!
So how do you possibly narrow down all your choices and find an apartment that is both in your price range and outfitted with all your must-haves? Here are a few tips.
First, Know What You Want in Your Apartment
A few months before the new semester starts, people are scrambling to find an apartment and sign the lease before anyone else scoops it out from under them. The best way to avoid any last-minute panic is to know what you’re looking for in an apartment.
How many bedrooms do you want? Do you and your roommates prefer having your own bathroom, or would you not mind sharing? Are amenities like a pool, clubhouse, or direct shuttle to campus something you don’t want to pass up? Make a list outlining your priorities so when you find an apartment you love, you can sign the lease that day. (This Apartment Hunting Checklist can help.)
Pick the Perfect Location
A big factor in picking the right apartment is deciding which location you like best. So when you’re choosing the perfect location, do a little research to decide which area near NC State you’ll love the most. Then you can dig a little deeper to find out which apartments you want.
For instance, if you’d like to live right down the street from Cup-A-Joe and I Love NY Pizza, you’re probably going to like the Hillsborough Street area. But if you’re an adventure-seeker and don’t mind living a bit further from campus, you may like living near Gorman Street (where you can hop on I-40 in seconds).
Apartment Rent Costs and Amenities
Here’s all of the information you need to know about living in these off-campus apartments, from base monthly rent rates, whether the apartment has an individual lease, if you need to bring your own furniture, if there’s a direct shuttle to NC State, if the complex allows pets, and what amenities are available for residents.
NOTE: This list is separated into student housing and non-student housing communities. Scroll to the bottom of the list to change the view.
Get a Complete Guide to Campus
Living off campus comes with its own challenges (like unexpected traffic) and its own perks (like having your own room and bathroom at an apartment). Find everything you need to know about commuting to NC State University and living in off-campus housing in the latest NC State Student Commuter Guide, and follow The Student Saver for more money-saving tips and campus news.