Classes at Colorado State University are just beginning, and for a lot of you, that means it is your very first year living off-campus. While it might seem a little intimidating, don’t worry. We’re here to walk you through what apartment living is like, how it compares to living in the dorms, and how to make an easy transition between the two. Keep reading to learn more, and don’t forget to get in touch with Stone Creek, your apartments near Colorado State University, to inquire about our available apartment units.

How Is Apartment-Living Different Than Dorm-Living

Living in the dorms at CSU is a great experience, and most students will do so during their freshman year. However, it is a little bit different than living in an apartment. We’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest changes you’ll experience when moving from a dorm into an apartment near CSU.

No More Meal Swipes

Unless you continued your meal plan, you will not be able to swipe your RamCard at the dining hall and enjoy the all-you-can-eat experience. You have three options for meals on-campus, now. Either befriend a freshman with swipes to spare, pack your own lunch, or enjoy lunch at the Lory Student Center (LSC). The LSC is jam-packed with dining options including Spoons, Panda Express, Subway, Carl’s Jr., Taco Bell, and a few others.

You’ll Have Way More Space

Living in a dorm most often involves sleeping in a twin bed just feet away from your roommate. Living in an apartment means having your own bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, laundry area, patio/balcony, and so much more.

You Won’t Have To Share A Bathroom (Much)

Most of the dorm buildings at CSU have one or two bathrooms that everyone in your hall shares. This means carrying your shower caddy to the bathroom every day and wearing flip-flops in the shower. You can say goodbye to all of that. At our apartments near CSU, you can live by yourself or with a roommate or two. That means you can keep your shower toiletries in the shower rather than carrying them around, and there’s no need to wear shower shoes because you know exactly who has been in your shower.

There’s No RA

If you’ve been living in the dorms, you likely have developed a friendship with your resident advisor (RA). RA’s are typically older students who are there to be your peer as well as your go-to source for any questions or concerns about college life. When you move into an apartment, you will no longer have an RA, but you will also won’t be completely alone. Our front office staff and maintenance team are here for whatever you need, and your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, or other “real adult” is only a phone call away for when you have questions about how to do laundry or how long to bake a chicken for.

How To Make Apartment Life Easy

Learn How To Cook

We’re not saying you need to be the next Gordon Ramsay or Rachel Ray, but learning a few basics about cooking will ensure you don’t starve or live off of ramen and Taco Bell during your first year in an apartment. Learn how to make certain staples like boiling pasta (this one is easy, just follow the instructions on the box) and grilling a chicken breast (use a meat thermometer to make sure it’s cooked all the way through). Other easy favorites include grilled cheese, eggs, burgers, and tacos.

Split Expenses With Your Roommate

When you and your roommate are now responsible for paying bills, things can get a little awkward. Thankfully with apps like Venmo, it is easy to transfer money back and forth for things like utilities, electricity, and rent. Pro Tip: Go grocery shopping with your roommate. Even if you are your roomie aren’t best friends, it is important to go food shopping together because they will always end up eating some of your food, and you will end up eating some of theirs. Head to King Soopers with a shopping list full of food you both enjoy and split the cost at checkout. This will ensure no one gets angry when someone eats the last string cheese or uses the peanut butter.

Stay On Top Of Chores

As we mentioned earlier, apartments are way bigger than dorms, which means there are more places to clean. It also means you no longer have someone cleaning your bathroom for you. Invest in a few basic cleaning supplies like a vacuum, toilet brush, broom, glass cleaner, bathroom disinfectant, dish soap, sponges, and something to clean the kitchen counters with. You can buy other things you need down the road, but this will get you through your first couple of months in your apartment. If you have a roommate, be sure to have “house meetings” as necessary to discuss who is responsible for which chores and when.

Looking For Student Apartments Near CSU? We’ve Got You!

If you lived in the dorms last year and are moving into your very first apartment, congratulations! This is an exciting time and while it may seem like a big responsibility, there are ways to make the transition easy, especially if you know what to expect. If you have any questions about living in an apartment, be sure to get in touch with the front office staff at Stone Creek Apartment Homes. We’re more than happy to answer your questions and give you a tour of our apartment complex!