What is a Student Vacation Rental?

The term “student vacation rental” is a bit of a tricky one. Not just because of what it means to the renter but what it means to the property management company or homeowner. In North Myrtle Beach, we always get an influx of young adults between the ages of 18-25 during key times of the year, most noticeably Spring Break weeks and Beach Week. Anyone under the age of 25 is automatically classified as a “student renter” and is subject to a slightly different set of rules.

What does this mean if you are under 25?
For starters, it means you need to make sure the company/person you are renting with will rent to someone under 25. There are plenty of companies out there that do not, so be sure to read their fine print. If you rent with them and they find out after you check in that you are a “student renter,” you can be evicted without getting any money back and left to find a place to stay at the zero hour.

If the place you are staying DOES allow renters under 25, find out if they have any specific rules for students. (For example, at Cherry Grove Beach Houses, we charge our security deposits based on the number of people staying in the house if the tenants are under 25.)

What if you are under 25 but not a student?
Sorry, much like renting a car is tied to your age, so is renting a beach house. I know I was done with school by the time I was 22 but was still classified as a student renter until I was 25. If you happen to fall into this area, don’t fret, instead grab a group of your friends and vacation like a student for a week! It sounds cheesy, but seriously, give it a try and you only have a few years to wait until you are no longer a student renter. Whatever you do, don’t lie to get a better deal. Once the property management company finds out you are under 25, you can expect either additional fees or eviction (and they will find out once they see your ID at check in). Also, you can always try calling the rental company prior to booking and simply tell them you are under 25 but not a student. Two things will happen, the rules will stand or the company may work with you. It never hurts to ask!

No matter what, renting a beach house for a week is fun! Let us help you make the most of your vacation! Call our Rental Specialists today and we will answer any questions you have about student rentals and how they apply to you and your group. Our Toll-Free number is 800-418-9279.