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Smart Furniture Shopping Tips for Off-Campus Housing


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Setting up your off-campus house is an exciting part of the college experience. Creating a comfortable and stylish living space while staying within a budget is a rewarding challenge. To help students navigate the world of furniture shopping, we've compiled a list of practical tips for finding budget-friendly and chic furniture options to make your off-campus housing feel like home.


If you choose to live with Southlight Properties, furnished units are available as an option for an additional rental fee. Please discuss with your leasing agent.


Typically, furnished unit packages include:


Bedroom - Adjustable Bed Frame, Desk, Desk Chair, Dresser

Living Room - Couch, Coffee Table, TV Console Table

Dining Room - Dining Table, Dining Chair Set


1. Prioritize Essential Pieces


Start with the basics: a bed, a desk, a chair and a dining table if space allows. Focus on essential pieces before considering decorative or non-essential items.


2. Explore Secondhand and Thrift Stores


Thrift stores, consignment shops and online marketplaces offer a wealth of affordable and unique furniture options. These places often have hidden treasures at budget-friendly prices.


Platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and apps like Letgo or OfferUp are gold mines for inexpensive, quality furniture. You can find pre-loved furniture in excellent condition at discounted prices.


3. Consider Multifunctional Pieces


Opt for furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as a sofa that doubles as a sleeper or a coffee table with storage compartments. These pieces save space and serve dual roles. Multifunctional pieces are the most efficient way to take advantage of small living spaces.


4. Measure Your Space


Measure the dimensions of each room in the house before shopping. This ensures that the furniture you buy fits perfectly in your space.


5. Look for Sales and Discounts


Keep an eye out for sales, discounts, and clearance deals at local furniture stores or online retailers. Many stores offer seasonal discounts or student specials. Remember, patience can pay off. Consider waiting for big sale events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday or other major shopping events for significant discounts.


6. DIY and Upcycling


Get creative by upcycling or repurposing old furniture or decorative pieces. A fresh coat of paint or new upholstery can transform an item into something stylish and unique.


7. Consider Renting or Borrowing


For temporary stays, renting furniture or borrowing pieces from friends or family can be a cost-effective solution. It's especially useful for items you may not need long-term. If you are interested in this option, contact your Southlight Properties realtor to learn more about furniture rental options.


8. Think Long-Term Investment


When buying items such as a mattress or study desk, consider quality and durability. These pieces might be long-term investments, so it's worth spending a bit more for quality. You can find use in these pieces beyond graduating college.


Furnishing your off-campus housing doesn't have to break the bank. With these savvy furniture shopping tips, you can create a comfortable and stylish living space without overspending. Explore various options, keep an eye out for deals and get creative with your choices. Finding budget-friendly and chic furniture for your off-campus house is an exciting venture that allows you to personalize your space while staying within your budget constraints. Happy shopping and enjoy decorating your new home away from home!


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