5 Things College Students Are Looking For In Apartments (& Why It’ll Affect Future Land Use Planning)

As college students, we require a certain sense of community, and an incredibly-close-to-everything-’cause-we’re-lazy mentality. These wants and needs are common throughout most other niche as well as widespread groups when it comes to location and desirability of housing. The following represents a summary of what I personally perceive as basic wants and needs of most if not all college students.


1. Close to campus
     If campus was more spread out and say, more money was put towards faculty salaries to maintain the selection of classes available year round and less money put towards paying the president for living in a free house and watering the “serene park-like setting” every campus seems to strive for, we could actually have a very functional mixed-use campus. Take PSU’s campus for example: while not the most spread out and its design still clinging to the traditional park setting, its design gives way to the city and therefore instantly becomes more valuable space. I make this correlation because this gives room for private developers to come in and create affordable apartments for students, various shops that could cater to the age group specifically that may not survive elsewhere, makes the campus more accessible not only from home but gives more places for bus and transit stops. etc.
     2. Walkable to nearby grocery store (or on the way to/from school)
          We’re cheap. We don’t wanna pay for more gas or a special transit ticket just to get Cheetos.
     3. Walkable to cheap stuff to do
          We’re cheaper than you realize. Not only do we want to be across the street from the skating rink, we expect it to be under $5 to get in for the night. Including skate rental. This also seems to apply to bars. I wouldn’t know from experience, but it seems the greasier the tables are, the better. Date rape straw, ladies? [Gizmodo]
     4. Cheap place to stay that doesn’t look like it requires 6 locks at night… also, day
          And if it does, we’re flexible.
Super Happy Bonus Uncommon Thing!

Home, sweet $450/mo plus utilities, home.

     5. Absolutely NO ‘modern’ apartment complex with ‘amenities’
     I. Despise. Apartment complexes. Mostly because they’re all the same (disappointing, poorly built, managed by the same creep: dipping out on checking up on plumbing complaints or staring a little too long, male or female), make us rely on autos more than I’d like, and Most of the time I can avoid this by excluding the words ‘swimming pool,’ ‘meeting room,’ and/or ‘move-in specials’ in my searches. The only exception to this rule is that if it is a historic building. This standard almost guarantees that it is well maintained and fairly priced thanks to mine and the boyfriend’s more eclectic tastes. (Britney wanna walk-in closet? To the complex for you!)
     I want to live in a divided up old home managed by someone who owns a few others like it. With less neighbors, there’s less likelihood to be ticked off at the world most days. No other place near EWU can beat the downtown and Browne’s Addition areas of Spokane to find those needs. I fondly look forward to stopping by the co-op for dinner ingredients on the way home from class.
Great! But how will this affect future plans in so many ways?
     More people going to college equals bigger campuses and larger demand for public transportation. Central location is important if you’re in a city like Spokane (Gonzaga is a river away from the downtown core, EWU is… not) or any larger than that. Young people love the hustle and bustle and will gladly fill in the mildly sketch areas of your downtown! With a greater mindset towards efficiency, walkability, and the attempts to do away with the automobile, we’re well on our way to seeing more campuses like this.
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About Aascot Holt

Staff News Writer for the Easterner. Urban and Regional Planning Major. Senior. Has fingers in all proverbial pies.

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