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Apartment Review: Killarney Drive Apartments

Spacious Living Room

Killarney Drive Apartments offer 1,2 & 3 bedroom apartments for an economical rent payment differing based on the number of bedrooms. Located directly on the bus route, Killarney boasts being conveniently close to the Health Science Campus.  The apartments, owned by Perilli Rentals, host every type of renter and are far from being a “party property”. When I toured the apartments, I warned that an elderly lady lived in the apartment below, and if I lived there, I must respect her by being quiet.

Regardless, the apartments are completely renovated, include a balconies with a great view, vaulted ceilings , fireplaces and 1.5 baths. AND, one of my favorite features of the complex is they offer indoor parking. On the down side, the apartments don’t include washer and dryer, but you there are hook-ups for both in case you would like to bring your own (they do also provide coin laundry).  Units may be leased furnished or unfurnished, which is an added plus for out of state renters. All units are also air-conditioned. Although there is no pool, the grounds are well kept and landscaped, and there is a swing-set/play area for children (my little brother loved the place!). Leases are for one year, and they do not allow pets.

Overall, this complex has been one of my favorites in Morgantown. I’m a sucker for high ceilings and an open floor-plan, and this place offers both with a modern twist. Plus, the location is great because it’s right on the bus route, and super close to the Evansdale/Health campus. Definitely a place I would recommend touring before signing with the Ridge or the District (which are just a bit up the hill).

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Reviews, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Finding An Extra Roommate

So, if you’re new to Morgantown and don’t know very many people in the area but you need a roommate, there are several options you can take.  One of the better options is to find an apartment complex that will match you up with others who need a roommate.  A couple of these complexes include The District and The Ridge.

The way this usually works really can depend on how early or late you sign your lease ahead of time.  If you sign it late just before school and there aren’t very many openings, then you pretty much have to take whatever you can get.  But if you sign up early enough, you can fill out a survey of your interests and living habits and what you want and expect from your potential roommate.  The complex then will try and match you up with the best possible fit.

This might work in many cases, but it’s still kind of a 50/50 shot as to whether or not it will work out well.  Still, one of the main advantages to this is it’s all just taken care of for you.  You don’t have to post signs and ask around.

But if that option isn’t for you, then there’s always the classified ads.  You can either chose to read the paper for others that are looking for a roommate or you can make an ad yourself.  The two papers in Morgantown are the Dominion Post and the college paper, The Daily Athenaeum.  Here, you can pretty much do the filtering as to whether you think it will work out or not after you meet the potential roommate.  In the end though, you may have to take whoever you can get.

Another option is to post fliers in the school that your major is in or just around campus in general.  There is an area inside the Mountainlair heading up to the parking garage where a lot of people post their fliers.  If you are majoring in Journalism, for example, then you could post a roommate needed flier in Martin Hall (the building for the J-School).

May 2, 2010 Posted by | General, Tips | Leave a comment

WVU Off-Campus Page

It’s hard to know where to look for accurate, reliable housing information and resources.  Researching for Move-in Morgantown often turns into a wild goose chase on the Internet but one source usually comes in handy.

The WVU Student Life webpage has an “Off-campus Housing” section that provides a lot of useful information.

Other than providing a general housing brochure, Student Life has developed a housing search that lists available apartments with detailed rent and landlord information.  It’s a great place to start your search.

There is also a roommate matching service which is very helpful for those who need some help sharing rent.  There is a detailed form that you must fill out that should help filter out people who wouldn’t be a good match.

There are also downloadable forms and checklists for moving, signing leases, searching for apartments and more.

The Frequently Asked Questions page lists contact information for all kinds of businesses across the Morgantown area.

It is nice to see that WVU is taking steps to inform and educate students about housing as well as providing useful resources that help students rent responsibly.  The Off-Campus Housing page may not answer all of your questions, but it is a great place to visit before moving.

May 2, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | 1 Comment

Furnishing An Apartment

While many people this time of year may be thinking of packing up and moving out for the summer, there are others who may be starting to think about how they are going to furnish their new apartment later on in August.  So, let’s go over some good options.

I think an important thing to remember when getting stuff for a college apartment is that it’s just a college apartment.  In all likelihood, you’re just going to spend a couple years, give or take, in that apartment. There’s not really any need to go all out and buy expensive furniture that will be old by the time you actually get settled into your future real home.

Still, it is your home for the time being, so you don’t really want to go too cheap.  But I guess it all really boils down to what you are able to afford and what you want to spend on furnishing your apartment.  When I first moved into my apartment in Morgantown, I moved a couple of old dressers from home that no one was really using.  They don’t match, but who cares?  It’s just college.  I spent maybe 50 dollars on a computer desk — but I don’t really use it because I’m always on my laptop somewhere else around the apartment.

A couple of the big things I did buy, however, were a new bed and a couple of couches for the living room.  I didn’t really feel like buying someone’s used couch (even though you can get some great deals sometimes), but instead I tried to go shopping for a good value.  And where else to go for good value furniture rather than Value City Furniture?  It’s practically a entire city full of valued furniture (please look past my cheesiness).  Anyway, I ended up getting a couch and love seat for right at $500 dollars. And four years in, they’re still in great shape and I can use them to get started in my first real house in the future.

Looking at some of the options currently available on their site, prices are still reasonable.  One option is a camel colored sofa at $299 — marked down from $849.  It’s not the fanciest piece of furniture, but again — it’s just college.

Another place I looked at for value priced furniture was Big Lots.  It’s big and there are lots of value priced items (again look past the cheesiness).  Here you can find anything from couches to chairs to computer desks, kitchen appliances, towels, etc.

Again, another option is to look through ads and yard sales to find someone else’s used furniture.  Some people change their homes around rather often and you can generally find some pretty good deals this way as well.

May 1, 2010 Posted by | General, Living Cheap, Tips | 1 Comment

Tips for Moving INTO a Dorm

For high school seniors, the time is drawing close to have graduation parties, receive gifts, and celebrate the beginning of their college career. I remember this time in my life fondly. Now, as a college student preparing to graduate, I wish college graduation was as big of deal as high school graduation….but to my parents at least, it’s not.

Perhaps this is because as a twenty-one year old gradudate, I’ve already lived four years on my own. No one sees the need to buy me new towels and washclothes, organizational storage, a new laptop…because I already have all these things. BUT those graduating High School will receive all these things, and as grandparents, aunts and uncles prepare to buy you everything necessary to live on your own (particularly in the dorm), here’s my

Simple Shower Caddy

list of non-conventional things I’d be sure they didn’t forget:

  1. A shower caddy- even if you are living suite-style (two dorm rooms with a shower/bathroom in between) it’s important to carry your bathing items back and forth for many reasons. One, you don’t want your roommate/suitemates to use your razor (because they will) and two, dorm room showers aren’t big enough for four razors, four shampoos, four conditioners, etc. You need somewhere to stand!
  2. Shower shoes- unless your dorm keeps their bathrooms ridiculously sanitary, I would always have a pair of shower shoes to avoid any foot fungus that may be lurking
  3. A surge protector- girls especially have entirely too many things to plug in–hair dryers, straighteners, a laptop, a cell phone charger…And most dorm rooms don’t have nearly enough outlets to plug all the neccessary items in.
  4. QUARTERS- if someone doesn’t know what to get you for graduation, I recommend asking for quarters. My grandpa gave me six or seven rolls of quarters, and they were by far the most useful gift I received. Between Morgantown parking meters and laundry facilities, quarters are a necessity for dorm life at WVU
  5. A lifetime supply of Air freshener- self-explanatory, dorms get stinky & you aren’t allowed to have candles
  6. Twin, EXTRA LONG sheets
  7. Adhesive Hooks– best thing ever invented! I used these hooks (that wont tear off paint) for hanging everything from coats to necklaces.
  8. Over the door hooks/towel rack- unless you want to wash a new towel every day, an over the door towel hook is very important and saves a lot of room! I suggest sharing one with your roommate
  9. Under the bed storage containers on wheels– dorms don’t have a ton of space, so in order to utilize all you can, buy the very thin storage containers that can easily slide under beds. If your dorm bed ends up being to low for them, buy bed-raisers.
  10. a bedside lamp- your new roommate may go to bed and need all the lights off far before you are ready to stop studying, make sure you have a dim lamp to put on your bed-stand.
  11. Pop-Up Hamper= make sure it has handles, don’t waste your time with a laundry basket or bag. Pop up mesh hampers are the solution!
  12. Mini-Fan- Some dorms at WVU don’t even have air-conditioning, but even the ones that do can get toasty. Bring a mini-fan to put close to your bed so you don’t suffer from a heat stroke!-
  13. Lap desk- eventually, you will get sick of your desk and the library and want to study in bed or write notecards in bed. Buy a lapdesk for this purpose!

May 1, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , , | 3 Comments

Finding a Pool.

Having a pool in Morgantown would only have its perks one-fourth of the year, but for the upcoming Summer months, renting from a place with a pool would might just make you the coolest kid on the block. Perhaps having a pool is on your top list of priorities. After all, chances are, if it has a pool, it’s nicer than the average Morgantown Apartment. So, here’s a map of complexes with pools in Morgantown for your convenience:

Here’s some pictures of local pools in apartments complexes:

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Living Cheap: Moving

As college students, we don’t have the luxury of bottomless wallets and often are forced to make sacrifices in our homes.  Hopefully with the help of Move-in Morgantown and a little bit of effort, you will be able to save money and maybe even make your life a little bit greener without much inconvenience.

It’s that dreaded time of year again when packing and finals compete for your time.

Even though it’s exciting that the school year has come to a close, moving out of dorms and apartments can sometimes get expensive.

The best tip I can give to any mover is to plan ahead.  Usually, if you are willing to put some forethought into the process, it can go painlessly and cheap too.

Start organizing and packing early so there isn’t any rush when moving day comes.  This will keep you from running to the store and buying expensive boxes, bubble wrap, tape and other supplies.

There are plenty of people willing to help you too.

Comcast, has kiosks all over campus that offer you free moving boxes.

Also try to beat the traffic.

When thousands of parents descend on Morgantown to help their children move out, chaos inevitably ensues.  Move out early in the day to miss the mad rush of people that will surround the dorms and popular housing areas.

So start packing now and making a plan and your move-out day will go smoothly.

Hopefully some of these tips will help your bills get smaller and your wallet get bigger.  See you next week.

April 30, 2010 Posted by | Living Cheap | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Staying Organized While Moving

The most important part of packing is making sure your items are safely packed and easy to find. I figured I would suggest some helpful tips to consider when packing up at the end of the school year.

Everyone is in need of boxes like they’re going out of style. I would suggest visiting grocery and popular stores who are more likely to have a lot of boxes. It helped when I went to go earlier in the morning and ask them to hold them for me when they started stocking shelves.

Plastic storage totes are also a must. You can pretty much store anything in them and are available in clear bottoms to see what’s inside.  The plastic storage totes that are on wheels and can also be used as a simple stand are help as well.

They have a moderate amount of storage and   allows smaller sections for storage of things like make, hair products, and various personal items.  Whatever you use to pack up your items it’s important to pack things by categories so they can quickly be found when needed. Also don’t forget to label!

Things to consider when packing up all areas of your apartment are things like food. If you’re not planning on using it you can participate in a good cause by donating to food pantries. Clothes that you don’t have room for can also be donated.

Here are some additional tips to help you keep it together while you move.

April 30, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , | 1 Comment

Sub-leasing Summer

So some of you may be preparing to pack up and head home for the summer…leaving $350+ a month payments for you to pay, even though your living 3,000 miles away. Some of you in this situation may be temped to sub-lease, because surprisingly, many seek Morgantown housing for summer internships, jobs, etc. But, be careful because while subleasing can be a great solution for those nasty rent payments, it could also be a huge problem. Thus, for you who wish to sublease, check out these friendly reminders & tips courtesy of CIRE Magazine.

When you sublet to others you are automatically a sub-landlord. Thus, you inherit all the responsibilities that go along with that. Within sublease agreements are various risks that you take, because after all the property is not yours. Be sure to avoid three dangers.

  1. Subletting without permission- Landlords have entered into a lease agreement with YOU not someone you sublet to, so while you may think subletting is “no biggie” it may be a huge problem with your landlord. Check with them first. Not asking and getting caught can result in legal action against you, you could be evicted, or faced with monetary fees.
  2. Subletting without a direct answer to your request- your landlord should provide you with written permission or rejection within 30days of your request (so make your request as early as possible). If your landlord verbally gives the ok, simply ask for a written statement to cover all bases.
  3. Be picky- don’t sublet to any random person off the street. Remember you are a landlord now and assume those responsibilities.  Who you choose has the potential to lose your security deposit, your lease, or additional case in any monetary damages they may cause. If you can’t find someone you know, request references, do background checks. Research before you sublet.

If you avoid these main dangers, your experience as a sub-landlord should be fruitful and save you some money for the summer

Also, if you happen to be on the other side of this battle and are looking for a place to lease for the summer, I suggest you check newspapers, craigslist (but be careful!), and most effectively, bulletin boards throughout campus. The journalism school (Martin Hall) alone has about ten different flyers for summer sublease!

Subletting Without a Direct Answer to Your RequestS

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Packing Up For The Summer

As the semester is winding down it’s time to finish up the last-minute obligations, and for those moving to a new place a huge task involves packing.
For students who are traveling a far distance and moving service is a convenient option. This Door to Door was suggested by users of the site Dorm Delicious. Here’s what users had to say about it.

Thank you for the recommendation to use Door to Door Storage. Moving out of my apartment after graduation was way easier than I expected. Moving my bed, dresser and my stuff in my little sedan was not an option. I then planned on renting a U haul to drive back to Seattle from the Bay Area, but I found that it was the same price to ship a container- especially when I factored in gas prices. Door to Door made my move easy, and stress free. Best part- I got to spend more time with my friends before I left. Thanks!

Rather than hiring a delivery service like Door to Door you can choose to pack up your stuff and travel in a U haul if you’ve got a lot of  stuff and can’t make it in one trip.

The more realistic option for students is transporting your own stuff. I’ve had 3 years of driving to a new apartment or back to my parents house with my car filled to capacity.

It’s important to make sure that you pack things carefully when dealing with a tight space.  Make sure items like TVs, computer monitors and other fragile items are safely and securely stored.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , | Leave a comment