Finding off-campus housing for the first time can seem daunting. It can sometimes be difficult to find a living space that fits all of your needs. Here are some tips that can make finding a new place a little easier. 

Pre-search Questions

Before beginning your housing search, be sure to ask yourself some preliminary questions. Do you want to live alone or with roommates? What is your budget? How much space do you need to live comfortably? How far are you comfortable walking, taking the bus, or driving to school every day? These questions can help you get an idea of what you want in a home before you even start looking. 

Attend Housing Fairs

Many schools have housing fairs in your school’s concourse or courtyard. These can be an easy way to find rental companies and get an idea of the pricing that is typical for your school’s area. Take the brochures home and do your own research to figure out which living space would best suit you. 

Ask Upper Year Students For Advice or Recommendations

Ask your friends or siblings for trustworthy information on their buildings and their rental agreements. Currently, I live in an apartment that my friend lived in last year, and it’s cheaper than any of the buildings I found on my own. Networking with older students might give you the opportunity to easily book a tour in their buildings, and you might end up with a better deal. 

Do Your Research

Your school might have an online resource for students to search for housing on. If it doesn’t, there are lots of other online websites to help you find a comfortable and affordable new home. Make sure to ask for a tour of the apartment, house, or room and thoroughly review the lease agreement before signing.

Best of luck finding a new home!

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