What to look for in a student condo

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The college years are a very important chapter that completes one’s academic journey. It is a time when students are being prepared for the real world, not only in terms of honing knowledge and skills but also in terms of gaining valuable experiences. For such reasons, a home near a university or college is a helpful asset to a student’s success and growth during his or her stay.

At present, there are many condominiums within Metro Manila located near schools, offering both current and future students a better alternative to dormitories or near-campus housing. It is important, therefore, to wisely choose a condominium that will make one’s college life more productive, more enjoyable, and more memorable.

The location is one of the first things to consider in choosing a condo. As much as possible, a condo that is a few walks away from the school will bring a great benefit to the student, since it cuts the time and energy spent by commuting far from campus.

Security should also be a priority. As much as the school should be a safe space for students, the condominium itself should also have the necessary features that ensure the security of its tenants.

In an article, online real estate marketplace Lamudi Philippines said, “Most condominium buildings have 24/7 security, including guards, CCTV, and other measures to ensure the safety of residents. There are also some projects that implement the latest security technologies, such as RFID access cards to prevent non-unit owners from gaining access to the property.”

Since a condo should make life easier and more efficient for the student, convenience is another very important factor to consider. The condo should have the utilities he or she definitely needs to do schoolworks such as a high-speed Wi-Fi connection and electrical sockets for phones and laptops.

Also, there should be adequate supplies of water, lighting, ventilation, and electricity, among others.

Furthermore, Lamudi Philippines shared that student-centric condos “often have student-friendly facilities on sites, such as study rooms or other quiet areas that will allow students to concentrate on their work. Some properties even have libraries so that students will not have to stay in school for research.”

“Condo buildings also often have commercial establishments at the lobby, such as convenience stores and restaurants that deliver food,” it added. “This provides residents with convenience for their daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that they will not have to go far from home just to eat.”

A condominium’s environment is also worthy to note. The real estate marketplace recommends looking into key points such as cleanliness, waste segregation, noise, pollution, and the general population of the building and the community surrounding it.

College life inevitably has its stressful and even exhausting periods. The condo, therefore, should also serve as a place for students to relax, unwind, and recharge. Amenities are another worthy consideration, since condominiums have a lot of them, including gyms, jogging paths, swimming pools, game rooms, courts, landscaped parks, lounge areas, and gardens — all of which will further make a student feel more at home even in somewhere far from home. — Adrian Paul B. Conoza