What Should I Consider When Looking for an Apartment Off-Campus?

Are you looking for a place to live off-campus, but have no idea where to begin? You’re excited to be more on your own, but also dreading the whole process because you’ve never done it before. You might have help from parents, grandparents or friends, but could also be doing it alone, which is great! We agree that it can be scary and daunting, that’s why we at Comb’s Properties compiled a list that we recommend you check out while looking for a place to live.



Choosing a place to live that is safe is of the utmost importance when searching for a place you’re going to live for at least a year. Talk to students who are older than you to see where they live. The office of student life at your University should have information for you also. Last but not least do research on the Internet. CrimeReports is a great resource for you to figure out which places are safe and which aren’t. This tool helps residents or potential residents see where crime is happening in their neighborhood.


Signing a Lease

Be careful when signing a lease. This is not something to take lightly. Many students simply sign a lease without looking the document over or asking questions about it. If you aren’t sure about something get your parents, a lawyer, someone you trusts’ opinion and if everything looks good, then sign it. A lot of landlords can take advantage of you because you are young and have not done this before.



Roommates are great because they enable you to live cheaper and if you are living with friends that could be a lot of fun. However it’s important to have open communication between everyone or things could get a little rough. For instance taking about cleaning, paying rent, and sharing central living spaces beforehand could help you out in the long run. Coming up with a set of house rules and enforcing them would be the best way to go about this.


This is a very short list of items to consider when looking for a place to live off campus and there is obviously a lot to think about. We do this every day and have a lot of experience with it. If you have any questions, reach out to us! We are happy to help and we might have a property that you just might be interested in.

Best Housing Options in Clovis and Portales, Part I

It doesn’t matter the reason that you are moving or looking for a new place to live—the bottom line is that you will need to find a roof and four walls. In the Portales and Clovis areas of New Mexico, there are many different housing options, depending on your needs and budget.

But beware, not all of the real estate is the same, and even homes right next to each other in the same neighborhood could have different values of thousands and thousands of dollars.

It all starts with what you need. Are you traveling to New Mexico and are only planning on staying a short amount of time? Do you attend the university, have to travel because of the military, are you working at the hospital? Temporary housing is a far better alternative to living in a hotel or cramped unit.

Combs’ properties has the corporate rentals that will make you feel like you are truly home, not on some endless work assignment. When you factor in the total costs, including laundry and the ability to cook, corporate rentals make financial sense as you can save a lot more money.
Are you currently looking to buy a home but you are not sure if you can get the financing you need? For starters, Combs’ Properties can help you with 1031 real estate options. No sense in paying excess taxes when you can put those tax dollars towards your home. Build equity the right way—with the money that you have already made.