For some whose homes are far away from school, the college dorms become their second home — or even first. Living by yourself for the first time is a unique experience, and one that leaves you with freedom and responsibility all wrapped into one.
We’ve all been there — designing a small space and attempting to make it as big as possible, late night chitchats with roommates and pulling an all-nighter. #NoSleep. Maybe not everyone has experienced these, but after college comes the real deal.
After graduation, most students want to upgrade to apartments. If you are thinking about making a big move after saying goodbye to the college dorms, here is a list of some of the best residential areas in Houston to consider.
Greater Third Ward
Whenever you hear queen Beyonce mention Houston in her songs, she’s most likely talking about Third Ward. Millennials coming Straight Outta College love this location not just for being an accessible spot, but because the Third Ward boasts a unique mix of historical past and modern structure that gives off a good feel. Apartments in this area start from around $590 per month. Houses range from $200,000 with the installment fee starting from $1000 a month. And why wouldn’t you want to live close to TDECU stadium? Just think about all the UH home games you could watch.
Montrose hits the sweet spot of millennials who prefer the urban life. This area of Houston is a bustling bowl of entertainment. Bars, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques of all sorts are found here. No need to worry about the distance from the heart of downtown, either. It only takes a 13 minute drive to get there. Apartments start from $800—a pretty good deal for a fresh grad who’s hungry for city life.
Besides being known as one of the hippest parts of town, Midtown has several Metro stations, which help millennials save time, money and gas. Prices of apartments play around $1,000 and up, a bit higher than other areas. The living spaces in Midtown apartments are significantly roomier than many urban areas in central Houston. Don’t think you can afford it? Get a roommate (or four) and pay for an apartment together. But if you are considering going back to school to up your degree, Midtown makes it easy as it is a mere six minutes away from UH.
Most millennials would love to live in Memorial Park, a fact which is proven by its population growth of 18.85 percent in the last year. The historic vibes seem to attract the yuppies, not to mention that Memorial Park itself is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. If you love the great outdoors, or are thinking about getting a pet, then Memorial Park is the place for you. Apartments range from $650 to $2,000, and they are not too far from downtown — a 20-minute drive.
Of course, the heart of downtown can’t be left out. Apartments start from $1000. Most building offices are here, making it a good location for those who find themselves employed downtown. Besides accessibility, downtown Houston provides a unique living experience. Market Square, the House of Blues, a hoppin’ night life and coffee shops on street corners are all fun additions to calling downtown your home. While it may not be a permanent residency, living in downtown Houston is a home you won’t soon forget.