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Choosing Off Campus College Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAAlong with picking a major, one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your college career is where you’ll live. If you’re wondering how to choose college housing, following a short list of dos and don’ts will help you pick a place that meets your needs and feels like home.

How to Choose College Housing

Do: Look at Amenities

The amenities offered by an apartment are among the most important things to consider when figuring out how to choose college housing. While you might not need some amenities, having them can make living in an apartment a lot more fun. Make a list of things you’d like to have in an apartment or on the grounds of the apartment and keep that list in mind when you’re out looking at places.

Do: Consider the Location

The location of your housing is pretty important. If you have to go to class five days a week, and plan on socializing or studying on campus, at least to some degree, finding a spot that is near your school is critical. How far away your apartment should be depends on how you plan on commuting to school. If you’re going to bike, it helps to find a place that’s about a mile or so away. If you have a car, you can live a bit further away from school, but not too far, as you don’t want to have to wrestle with a lot of traffic as you go to and from class.

Do: Consider Your Personal Needs

One particularly essential tip when it comes to how to choose college housing is to think of your personal needs. If you have a pet, and want to bring that pet with you, you’ll need a place that’s pet-friendly. If you need furniture, you’ll want to find an apartment that offers furnished options, too.

Don’t: Follow the Crowd

In college, it’s easy to get swept up in a crowd or to go along with what other students want, even if they don’t line up with what you need. While it’s understandable that you’ll want to be flexible and try to find a place that meets everyone’s needs, don’t ignore your own needs in an attempt to please someone else. If a potential roommate wants to live somewhere that doesn’t appeal to you, it might be easiest to part ways and find someone else to live with.

Don’t: Feel Shy About Asking Questions

One of the best things to learn when learning how to choose college housing is to always ask questions. Go ahead and ask the landlord or leasing agent plenty of questions about the property, about your lease, and about what it’s like to live there. You want to know as much as you can about what’s on offer, what you’ll need to pay for, and what you’re responsible for, before you make a decision about housing.

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Blacksburg, VA is One of the Best College Towns in the South

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAWhat Does it Take To Be the Best College Town?

While the college towns that topped the preseason poll for reasons beyond the gridiron, we won't judge you for making an end zone rush to visit.

Best College Town Criteria:

  • A population under 200,000 (thus excluding favorites like Austin) so that the school has an incredibly strong impact on the town.
  • A lively local scene with good, affordable restaurants, independent boutiques, and support of the arts.
  • A dedicated and active alumni base.
  • A healthy dose of Southern charm.

Blacksburg, VA

The home of Virginia Tech, in the New River Valley 45 minutes from Roanoke, feels blissfully off the grid. Hokie campus–a 2,600-acre green dotted with stone buildings and ancient oaks–meets downtown on College Avenue. Try local brews like Peachicot Blonde Ale and listen to live music at Top of the Stairs, a dive bar discreetly located in a charming white building.

**Readers' Choice Winner**

Blacksburg, VA was voted the best college town in the South by Southern Living's Facebook fans

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Keep These Things in Mind When Moving to Off-Campus Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 14, 2018

Foxridge, Blacksburg, VAOnce students become upper class-men they often opt to move out of dorm and into off-campus apartments.

Here’s a list of things to know and do before you move into your first college apartment.

  1. Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared.
  2. As soon as you move in write down and photograph if there is anything wrong with the apartment. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave.
  3. Get to know your neighbors.
  4. Coordinate with your roommates regarding who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items.
  5. Get a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment, and use them.
  6. Make arrangements for groceries with your roommates. Are you sharing? Are you buying your own?
  7. Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Apartment community maintenance is included in the rent. Use it.
  8. Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer.
  9. Utilize your kitchen. It costs a lot of money to regularly order take out.
  10. If you throw a house-warming party or kickback at your place, be prepared to clean up the leftover mess.
  11. Decorate!
  12. Lock your door and lock your bedroom door too before leaving your apartment.
  13. Don’t share your WiFi password with too many people.
  14. Don’t forget to change your local address to your new home.
  15. Utilize whatever facilities your complex has to offer — pool, fitness center, community areas.
  16. Make sure your apartment comes furnished.
  17. Keeping a mini-fridge in your room isn’t such a bad investment.
  18. If you plan on inviting more than three guests over, tell your roommates.

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USA Today - College

Blacksburg, VA is a 2018 Top 100 Best Place to Live

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAWe poll the nation each year to find out what matters most in communities throughout the U.S. Is health care most important, or affordable housing? Which matters more, commute times or climate? We then source the best public and private data available to find the small to mid-sized cities, towns and villages that meet your standards of a Best Place to Live.

This year, nearly 2,300 cities were ranked on more than 40 data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.

Want to know more about how this list came together this year? Check out our methodology page and our ranking criteria.

2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live

# 63. Blacksburg, VA

Population: 43,530

With gorgeous scenery, the Blacksburg area features 60 mountain peaks and a myriad of trails that are ideal for hiking and biking. Home to Virginia Tech, the college town atmosphere in Blacksburg has helped foster affordable housing options along with a robust downtown district, fantastic restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment venues.

The Blacksburg Historic District draws admirers of Greek revival, Gothic and Colonial American architecture, and the local economy is bolstered by innovative technology hubs like Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's Automation Park, a sprawling testing ground for drones and self-driving cars.

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This is Why Blacksburg Is a Best Place to Live

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAAuthor and Blacksburg local Melody Warnick gets to the heart of what makes this tight-knit town so special.

On a spring Saturday night, downtown Main Street in Blacksburg, Virginia, is thronged with people. Brightly lit restaurants buzz with patrons noshing on vegetarian at Gillie’s or upscale farm-to-table fare at The Black Hen. Bars get raucous with live music. The Lyric, a 1929 movie theater restored to its former glory, wafts the scent of popcorn onto College Avenue. It’s a lower-wattage version of the crazy energy that Blacksburg generates on fall football weekends, when 66,000 rabid fans pour into Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium.

With all that, you’d be forgiven for struggling to believe that Blacksburg is actually a small town, with a population of 43,000 —more than half of whom are students at Virginia Tech. But the pace of the town always turns peaceful again on weekdays, when deer (and sometimes black bears) wander through local yards.

Blacksburg’s two identities — the Southern country town 40 minutes from the nearest mid-size city, Roanoke, and the educated, sophisticated would-be city that’s centered on Virginia Tech’s campus — have a Clark Kent/Superman thing going on. But the alter egos work out well for residents who want easy livability and serious leisure, as evidenced by Blacksburg's appearance on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list.

For instance, the town boasts well-ranked schools, including a brand-new, multi-million-dollar high school, that you can get to with only a smidgen of city-style traffic. And you don’t have to leave behind the serene mountain views or the access to hiking, biking, and horse trails to get yourself a ticket to catch a world-class musician like Yo-Yo Ma performing at the recently built Moss Arts Center on the Virginia Tech campus.

According to Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith, there’s “an ’enoughness’ that permeates town culture. We are a product of our geography as much as our history. We occupy our small patch of Appalachia with gratitude for what we have and not much concern for what we don’t have. This is what makes me proud — in an age when people are hungry for authenticity, Blacksburg has enough to share.“

That authenticity is both cultivated and guarded. A decade ago, residents successfully defeated a proposal to build a Walmart in town, fearful of how a big-box store would affect small, independent businesses. Locals tend to be civically engaged and vocal about the kind of place they want to see.

A recent meeting at the recreation center to launch a downtown master planning project was standing room only. As Hager-Smith explains, “Blacksburg citizens are highly engaged. Citizens staff our town committees, they participate in writing our Comprehensive Plan, they are vocal about bikeways, dark skies, sidewalks, and open spaces. Our Community Relations office is award-winning for the many ways it reaches out to citizens — and the citizens would not have it any other way."

Growth here is inevitable: Virginia Tech has announced plans to expand its student body, and businesses in its Corporate Research Center, including a wealth of technology firms, are expanding. But the growth is carefully shepherded, so new housing, like the urban-style downtown apartment building The Brownstone, blend into their surroundings and offer needed amenities. And no matter what, there’s always Blacksburg’s down-to-earth outdoorsiness to fall back on. The Appalachian Trail passes just a few miles beyond the town borders, and the nearby New River offers a summer’s worth of kayaking, canoeing and tubing.

In other words, Clark Kent serenity and Superman sophistication, right here in Blacksburg.

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Foxridge Collegiate Apartment Homes

750 Hethwood Blvd. 100G, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Call: (888) 532-1809 (540) 951-9302
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-5:30P | Saturday: 10A-1P & 2P-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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