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Top 10 Amenities to Look for in Student Rentals

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We all know that finding a rental property can be an absolute pain, especially when you're on a tight budget. The search for the perfect student rental property involves more than just finding a cheap apartment for rent in Canada. It also involves looking for amenities that can make your living experience more comfortable and convenient. I've got your back with this list of top amenities to look for in a rental property.

1. Furnishings

One of the biggest expenses when moving into a new apartment is buying and transporting furniture. Luckily, most student rental properties come fully furnished with items like beds, desks, and chairs. This can save you the hassle and expense of buying furniture yourself, so you can save that money for something way more important.

2. Internet Access

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In today's digital age, having access to high-speed internet is a must for students. Look for a rental property that includes internet access in the monthly rent if you can. This can save you the hassle of setting up an internet connection and not having to worry about staying connected with your classmates, professors, and family, buffering, or a weak connection before handing in a last-minute assignments.

3. Laundry Facilities

Look for properties that have a washer and dryer available for use. This can save you the time and expense of going to a laundromat and ensure that you always have clean clothes available. If the rent and location are too good to pass up, make sure that the closest laundromat is within walking distance and in a safe neighborhood.

4. Utilities Included

Rent can add up quickly, especially when you add utilities like electricity, water, gas and internet to the bill. Look for student rental properties that include utilities in the monthly rent, which can make budgeting easier and help you avoid surprise bills.

5. Security

When viewing the property, look for security features like deadbolts on doors and locks on windows. Apartment buildings are most likely to also have security cameras. Additionally, make sure to you ask about the safety of the surrounding neighborhood during viewings and definitely before you sign a lease.

6. Parking

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Having to search for parking can be frustrating. If you have a car, parking close to where you live is a major concern. Look for properties that offer designated parking spaces for their tenants. This can save you the time and expense of searching for parking on the street and help keep your vehicle safe.

7. Location

The location of your rental property has a great impact on your living experience because of safety, and it can allow you to save time and money on transportation.

Looking for cheap apartments... in Canada... for students; and that are close to your school, public transportation, and amenities like grocery stores and restaurants sounds like a big feat and will take time. However, start by searching for a location near your school, and then locations near the next closest school in your city. You're bound to find landlords who cater to student renters and live in a neighborhood where you can meet other students.

8. On-Site Maintenance

It's important to have someone you can call if something goes wrong in your rental unit. Properties that offer on-site maintenance services allows for repairs to be made quickly and efficiently. This can help ensure that your living space is always in good condition so you don't have to worry about fixing a leaky faucet.

9. Flexible Lease Terms

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Finally, look for rental properties that offer flexible lease terms. This can be especially important for you if you only need housing for a few months at a time, especially in the summer months, or may need to move out unexpectedly. Make sure to ask your landlord about the lease terms and any fees associated with breaking the lease, and check to ensure all fees are clearly stated before signing the lease.

View our available properties for 4, 6, 8, and 12 month lease terms.

10. Community Spaces

Lastly, many student rental properties offer common areas like lounges, study rooms, and outdoor spaces where tenants can socialize and relax. This can be a great way to meet new people and make friends during your time as a student. Your school will offer similar spaces, so this amenity is definitely not a deal-breaker.

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