If you’re one of the lucky students out there who was able to score a university rental property with a backyard, congratulations! Backyards are a highly desirable feature when it comes to Ohio University housing in Athens, OH. Most students would prefer to have a place to relax and unwind after class, and a backyard is a perfect place to do that. In fact, there’s a lot you can do with a backyard! When the sun is out, and the weather is amazing, there are endless possibilities with a big green yard. Here are a few creative ideas to make your rental property’s yard more fun this semester!

Outdoor Grill with Patio Dining Set

Burgers and hot dogs, anyone? Believe us, when football season rolls around, students with big backyards suddenly become the most popular people on campus. That’s because grilling outside is always a great match for the fall! The best part is that a small charcoal grill and a picnic table are both easy to find and affordable. With these two items, you’re instantly capable of hosting some of the best barbecues all year. Don’t forget that grilling is also a healthy way to prepare meals, so you don’t need a party or football to enjoy a lovely dinner outdoors.

Zen Lounge Garden

If you’re the type of student who needs a little more balance in your life, a comfortable lounging area for reading, studying, or relaxing could be the perfect creation for your yard or outdoor space. You can find cheap lounge chairs or outdoor beanbag chairs at many local shops. Add a few plants and flowers and hang up your favorite tapestries around the area, and poof, you have an instant zen lounge garden!

Outdoor Games and Activities

Playing cornholeA big backyard is also great for games and other activities. An Ohio University favorite is cornhole! You can purchase cornhole boards and bags, or if you’re really creative and skilled, you can actually make a cornhole game yourself with some extra supplies from the local hardware store. In addition to cornhole, you can also play bocce ball, frisbee, or a classic game of catch if your yard is big enough. If you’re into outdoor games, you want to be able to keep all of your equipment neatly tucked away outside, so an outdoor storage bin is a smart addition to purchase for your rental.

Herb and Flower Garden

Have you been known to have a green thumb? Well, plant something that looks great and smells amazing! Many students are wary about planting things in a rental, but there are temporary box gardens available that you can place on a yard, patio, deck, or even a balcony and take with you when it’s time to move. These elevated bed box planters are super cheap and easy to put together. You can grow your own mint, rosemary, lavender, thyme, and much more!

Don’t have a backyard yet? Hoping to get one? Check out the available properties with Wharton Rentals! We can help you find the perfect home or Court Street apartments in Athens, OH. Give us a call today to learn more about how to find the perfect rental property for you!


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