College students are often living on their own for the first time, and are therefore new to the ins and outs of renting apartments or houses. For new renters, there are a few important things to keep in mind before making the leap and signing a lease.
New renters often make the mistake of assuming that because a rented property is insured, their personal property is insured. That is not the case. Landlords insure their own property, but that does not protect the property of their tenants. Purchasing renters insurance to protect personal belongings is a very wise choice.
College-aged renters are usually new to the complicated world of credit scores, credit reports and tenant credit screening, as well. Credit scores are made up of a complicated mix of a person's credit history, debt history, and even the length of the credit history itself. The higher a tenant's credit score, the better his or her credit report will look to a landlord.
The easiest way to raise a credit score is to begin using a credit card. Using a credit card will lengthen credit history, which will raise the score, and prompt payments of credit card balances will help as well. Staying on top of finances is a great way to sustain a good lifestyle.