If your apartment community has a clubhouse for residents, have you used it yet? If you haven’t, there are a lot of great ways that you can become engaged in your community and take advantage of your clubhouse resources. After all, if your rent goes into making the clubhouse a great place to gather around, why not make the best of it?
From the Hunger Games series to War and Peace, there is always a community to be found in your favorite novel. Community clubhouses are the perfect spot to hold book clubs, because they provide great seating areas and are accessible to everyone living in the apartments. To advertise your book club, just ask to put up flyers in the clubhouse offices or in public spaces of the apartments where your neighbors are likely to see it.
If your apartment already has a book club established, join in on the meetings and get to know your fellow residents!
This is a perfect option if you live in a community with young families. A community babysitting arrangement can be great for parents who work late after school lets out, or if you are looking for ways where your own child can befriend other children in the neighborhood. Babysitting in the clubhouse means less mess in your own apartment, and it is a more consistent location if you are planning to trade off babysitting duty between yourself and a few other parents.
Make sure that the community management is comfortable with a babysitting group in the clubhouse, and plan out responsibilities, dietary restrictions and other important details with the other parents beforehand.
Are you excited for the new Star Wars movie to come out? What better way is there to prepare for the midnight premiere than to marathon all six preceding Star Wars movies in a row with some good friends from the neighborhood? Apartment clubhouses usually come with large television screens – ask the community management how to connect your Star Wars DVD collection, then send out the invites.
Some apartment communities, like those at our own Schottenstein Real Estate Group properties, come fully equipped with recliners, huge projection screens and even popcorn makers! Take advantage of what your apartment community has to offer with a movie everyone can enjoy.
Hot cocoa gatherings
As the weather gets chilly, it can be nice to just sit around a fireplace with a piping hot mug of cocoa in your hands and chat with some neighbors. Find a night that works for most of the apartment community. If you work with the apartment management far enough in advance, you may even be able to swing free tea or cocoa mix for everyone!
Hot delicious cocoa is a great reason to socialize with your friends and fellow residents, and if you are new to the community, this can also be a great way to get to know new people.
Whether you are studying for your Masters at the nearby university or if your children are in a challenging science class, study groups are helpful for everyone. You can send out flyers offering your tutoring services, asking for a tutor to help you out, or just an open invitation for quiet study in the clubhouse on Wednesday evenings.
It can be nice to get a change of scenery from your apartment or the local library, so setting up shop in the community clubhouse with other likeminded studious residents may just be the key to acing your next big exam.
Schottenstein Real Estate Group contributed content to this article. SRE Group, an apartment leader in the Midwest, has the following properties: Mason Grand, Grand at Polaris, Grand at Florence, Grove City Summit and Parkway Village.