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Why You Should Discuss Next Year's Housing Over Fall Break

Fall break is at the end of this week, and your student will be home! This is the perfect time for you to sit down with them and discuss their living arrangements for the next school year. If your student is a freshman this year, remember that dorms are prioritized by freshmen, so they won't be guaranteed a dorm next year. If your student is already living in an apartment, renewing their lease at this time will ensure that their rent price stays the same. However, if you wait until the spring or summer semesters to renew, their prices will increase. If your student is switching apartments, start looking around Starkville now at all of the options they have.

What should you discuss? Ask your student who they want to live with. Find out how many roommates they want to have and if they know people to live with or if they want to be matched with roommates. Discuss what your monthly price range is. This can help narrow down the search by knowing what your budget is. Find out what area of Starkville your student wants to live in, and research the safety, amenities, and accessibility of that area. Talk about whether you want electricity, utilities, wifi, and cable to be included in the monthly rent price or not. One thing that people tend to forget about is whether or not they want a furnished or unfurnished living space. Decide whether you want all of the furniture to be there when you move in or if you want to provide your own furniture.

October and November are the months when housing prices are the lowest and deals are the highest. By signing a lease now, you don't have to worry about knowing where your student will live next school year. Go ahead and mark this step off of your list!

Here is a list of some apartment complexes in Starkville.

Crossgates Apartment Homes

Avalon Apartment Homes

The Social Campus

The Social Block

Lakeside Student Living