Published on Friday, 14 October 2011
Finding an apartment near the campus can be an exhausting job. It requires a lot of time and effort and often, the best properties get rented first. You want to finish the apartment hunting process before classes commence. Below are guidelines which you can follow to ease and speed up the process of locating an apartment on or off campus.
Start in advance
You should be able to finish the apartment hunting a month before classes begin. Otherwise, you will be competing against hundreds of college students who arrive late and are desperately looking for a place to rent. Such spike in demands pushes landlords to increase rental rates. Avoid this by doing your search well ahead of time.
Demand for apartment photos
A responsible landlord always has apartment photos handy. Photos tell a lot about how the apartment is being managed. If the landlord can't produce photos immediately, you might want to skip this unit and check when you are in town to actually examine the apartment.
It is likely that you will be asked to pay for the first month's rental and security deposit upfront. You want to have these funds ready when you go out searching so you can immediately sign a lease for the apartment you like.
Be selective when picking roommates
College social scene has a great impact on your performance at school. So be selective in finding a roommate. You want roommates that share most of your interests and hobbies. Old friends are advisable but it is also okay to take a little risk if you want to have a new friend. Who knows, you could be the best of pals over time.