When making a decision on where to sign a lease for the next year, one of the biggest factors to consider is the total amount your apartment will cost you each month. Your total monthly cost will be higher than the base rental rates listed on apartment websites due to additional monthly fees and charges such as utilities, parking, pet fees, etc., so it’s important to know exactly how much these extra fees will cost you.
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At Whistler, we have helped hundreds of students find their home for the school year. To make sure you have a full understanding of the leasing processes and total costs associated with signing a lease at an off-campus student apartment, we have written this article breaking down the costs of utility fees and how they are calculated.
Cost of Utilities at Student Apartments near Georgia Tech
For most student housing apartments in Midtown, all utilities are included in your rental rate outside of electricity and water. These utilities may include gas, sewage and internet/cable.
How are utility costs calculated?
Electricity and water are typically sub-metered for each apartment and billed on a monthly basis.
The amount of electricity and water your apartment uses for that month will be split amongst you and your roommates evenly, or based on each roommate’s usage, depending on the apartment complex.
What is the average monthly cost of utilities?
Once utility costs are divided amongst roommates, this charge can range from approximately $20 to $60 depending on usage and the apartment complex.
This can vary greatly from apartment to apartment and may even fall outside of this range. Be sure to ask the properties you’re interested in what the average cost of utilities is each month when you tour.
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How will utility costs be billed?
Utility costs are billed separately from rent installments. Most student apartments will charge utility fees at the end of each month based on usage. This amount will typically be billed through a third-party app or service.
For example, Whistler utilities will be billed monthly via ConService. ConService coordinates with the utility company to collect your grand total and split that price evenly between all your roommates. This way, you don’t have to worry about who is paying which month or who you’ll need to Venmo.
We hope this article gives you a better understanding of the costs associated with living at an off-campus student apartment. If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about Whistler, please contact our leasing staff! We are more than happy to help in your search for housing.