If convenience is something you strive for in life, then you may have considered living near public transportation. After all, taking the bus to work saves gas and also reduces harmful emissions in the air. Although living near public transportation is ideal, there are a couple things to keep in mind when searching for a home.
Living near public transportation is not cheap.
Especially when living in the city, finding a home near public transportation often times means paying a little extra in rent and utilities. Rental prices in the city tend to fluctuate, so be sure to keep that in mind when finding a home near public transportation. Keep in mind you might be paying extra fees such as trash valet, recycling fee and sewer fees. Convenience comes with a price but it might just be worth it!
Benefits of Living Near Public Transportation:
- It’s convenient getting to and from places
- Saving gas, saving money, saving the environment
- Living by public transportation often means you’re by main attractions (i.e. museums, sports fields, malls, restaurants)
Keep these safety precautions in mind after you have moved in:
Living by a transit station means there is a high volume of people walking to and from the station. Stay safe with these tips:
- Always check that your front and back door is locked and bolted at night
- Close and lock all windows when you are not home
- Be aware of your surroundings when walking home from the transit station
- If you have headphones in, make sure your music is turned down low enough as to not distract you from any suspicious sounds or sights
- Keep pepper spray on your key chain and in public view when walking home
- Be careful what information you disclose over the phone on public transportation. Other people on the transit can eavesdrop and use your information maliciously
- Investing in a security system for your home will keep you and your belongings safe
Sometimes public transportation can’t take you to all the places you need to go. If you don’t have a car, there are car sharing services that can get you to where you need to be.
What tips do you have for people who live near public transportation? Tell us below.