When choosing a condo, here are some tips students should keep in mind:
1. Check how accessible the condo is to your school.
Traffic is a major downer in every student’s life, so make sure your condo is accessible via different modes of public transportation. When you’re inspecting the property, take note of the public transportation terminals nearby and familiarize yourself with the routes you’ll be taking. SMDC Berkeley Residences along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City is walking distance from Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College, and is accessible via jeepney and tricycle.
2. Review the condo’s security features.
Safety, of course, is definitely a priority. Most condos have security guards stationed at the entrance of the building, as well as receptionists who monitor people who come and go. SMDC condos like Blue Residences in Quezon City are equipped with automatic fire detection and an alarm system as well. You can also ask condo management if additional locks or security features can be installed in your unit.
3. Take note of the condo’s amenities.
The amenities of the condo should be conducive for your studies, so take note of what you’ll need throughout the year. For example, Green Residences in Taft Avenue, Manila has student-oriented facilities such as a study hall, several function rooms, a fitness center, and a swimming pool.
4. Familiarize yourself with key locations.
Go around and check out key locations like hospitals, places of worship, grocery stores, affordable restaurants, coffee shops, laundromats, and similar spots. Sun Residences on España Boulevard in Quezon City is not only accessible to the schools in the university belt area, but also has its own Hypermarket, as well as various dining spots in the building.