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How to Furnish Your Apartment on a Student Budget

It is no secret that the financial burden of college is heavy. With tuition, text books, rent, food, and various expenses running amuck, furnishing your home can seem like a task that your college budget just does not account for. Luckily there are various ways you can save your hard-earned dollars while making sure your home is looking good, and your personal style is intact.

DIY
Making your own décor is a great way to save some dough. Simple arts and crafts can add character, homeliness, and of course, style. The greatest part is many previously owned materials can be revamped with a simple coat of paint, lights, glue, and a little creativity. Not only are these projects affordable but they are fun, providing bonding time for roommates or personal time for yourself. Pinterest is a great place to find the newest in DIY and get you started on your journey.

Thrifting
Thrift stores, second hand stores, or websites like Craigslist are great places to find unique décor at affordable prices. Often pieces are in great condition, and if not they can easily be refurbished. You never know what you are going to find, between artwork, rugs, pillows and much more, you may just get lucky! Additionally, discount stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, or Home Goods often carry housewares and decor at discounted prices.

Renting Furniture
Instead of worrying about finding inexpensive furniture that may not to look good or last long, consider renting furniture. You get the utmost style and do not have to deal with the hassle of buying your own. Minimal effort is required when renting furniture, and with a busy student lifestyle this is very important. Rental furniture is delivered, arranged how you would like it, then taken away when you’re don—no sweat off your back! Plus, splitting the costs with your roommates makes this option very cost affordable.

While furnishing your college home may seem like a huge task, there are many cost effective alternatives to ensure comfort, style, and ease. All you need is a little patience and creativity! Good luck!

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Who Rents Furniture (Infographic)

Have you ever wondered who rents furniture? Some of the answers may surprise you! Here are some of the people who rent furniture in the U.S.:

Who Rents Furniture Infographic

 

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  • Real estate agents and home stagers: professionals who sell and rent homes rent furniture so their properties sell and rent faster, at better prices.

 

  • People selling or renting their homes: individuals that need to sell or rent their homes and apartments do the same thing, improving their odds on the market.

 

  • Airbnb hosts: people who want to rent their room, home, apartment, trailer, or other space on sites like Airbnb rent furniture so their spaces look fabulous and inviting to visitors.

 

  • People getting divorced: it’s an unfortunate fact of life that if you’re getting a divorce or breaking up, you need your own place fast, and on a budget; furniture rental is made for this situation.

 

  • Professionals relocating or traveling for work: people who need to travel for work may need more than one home base, each one with furniture. They also might need to relocate, and renting furniture saves time, effort, and money.

 

  • Actors, athletes, and musicians: an athlete changing teams, an actor working on a new show, or a musician with a new gig might need to be in another city for awhile, but not permanently. Renting furniture in a new place is perfect for them.

 

  • Students: international students who come to the U.S. often rent furniture. So do students moving from state to state as they get their degrees. Even students who aren’t in a new state but who are off campus for the first time, or just in a new place often rent furniture. They don’t need permanent furniture yet, but they do need furniture to study.

 

 

There are lots of great reasons to rent furniture! That’s why so many different people are doing it.

Tips for Finding an Apartment After College

You did it. After four years (or maybe five or six, no judgements here) you graduated from college! Goodbye all night study sessions, finals, and term papers. It also means the end of your student apartment.

One of the biggest transitions you’ll have to make post-college is getting your own real world apartment. With more than 100 colleges and universities in LA County alone, this is a challenge that many Angelinos face. If you’re in the middle of finding your first apartment, keep this list close by!

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