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Apartment-hunting begins with start of semester

Jan. 23, 1997

Kevin Johnson /The Baylor LariatAllison Greer, a Tyler sophomore, and Skyler Banister, a Clovis, N.M., sophomore, talk with realtor Jeff Forrest at K&S Properties. The two women join thousands of students in the annual apartment hunt.

By Allison Curlin

Lariat Reporter

The rapidly filling apartment complexes near campus are leaving University students scrambling to make their living arrangements for the next school year.

Some students began a careful apartment-hunting process early last semester, while others are just starting to look.

Suzanne Kelinske, a Beaumont freshman, has been searching for the perfect apartment since October.

'I heard they were hard to come by, and you really have to get there early to get what you want,' she said.

Those who have not yet put much thought into locating their next residence should beware. Waiting lists are extensive at most locations, and many options are already full.

At Brazos Place, three of the five floor plans have been leased to capacity. The River Crest apartments will probably be filled by this weekend, according to a representative of the complex. Other locations such as Baylor Landing, The Centre and The Village also report long waiting lists.

Renting a house close to campus is an alternative to living in an apartment. Privacy and the quiet environment are the reasons Christopher Carter, a Waxahachie sophomore, is choosing a house over an apartment.

Based on four people sharing the cost, Carter said the average cost to rent a house is $200 to $300 per month for each occupant.

To find a house in Waco students should contact a local real estate agent or talk to a student that currently lives in a house.

Some University students are avoiding the frantic hunt by living in a residence hall next year.

Christiana Rivera, a Fort Worth freshman, said she will stay in a residence hall to comply with her parents' wishes.

'My parents wanted me to wait another year to get out on my own,' she said. 'I don't really mind.'

Students can also make living in a residence hall as a full-time career.

Leah Delafield, a Harlingen freshman, plans to become a resident assistant in a freshman residence hall next year. The financial strain of living in an apartment mainly influenced her decision, she said.

'I want to make things easier for my parents,' she said. 'The rent is expensive, and then you have to pay bills and buy all of your food.'

Apartment rental costs vary depending on size, location to campus, furnishings, appliances and special features.

Prices range from $425 per month at Brazos Place for an apartment with one bedroom and one bathroom to $965 per month at The Centre for a two bedroom, two and one-half bathroom studio apartment.

Also, students are typically responsible for paying the electricity, telephone and cable bills for their own apartments.

'The cost is well worth it,' Kelinske said. 'I can't wait to get out of the dorm.'

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