Where to Find Student Housing

Where to Find Student Housing
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    Last week, we shared some tips, tricks and cautions students might take when looking for a college apartment.

    We realize that some students will want to find off-campus housing, so-called "student housing" where they might live with other college students, but not under the control of their school.


How to find off-campus housing.

Off-Campus Housing

There are several places you can go to look for student housing, including walks through neighborhoods where you take note of “for rent” signs on buildings. Barring that, you’ll need to explore some options for your area including:

Word of mouth — Your fellow students may have the best knowledge of local housing options particularly those students currently living off campus. Someone you know (or a friend of a friend) may have an opening in a home that they rent or know of someone who does. Students can also offer you tips about various neighborhoods including access to public transportation, nearby retail establishments, parking, safety precautions and more.

Housing resource center — Every college that has on-campus housing is also very much aware of local off-campus housing, particularly what apartment complexes cater to college students. College officials understand that some students do not want to live on campus. They also know that it is important for students to find local housing that is convenient, safe and affordable. Thus, some schools work closely with apartment managers to assess housing and develop lists that they share with students of recommended properties. Visit your school’s housing resource center for more information or check the university website.

Local resources — There is much information nearby that can supplement what your college shares. For instance, your school may not have information about that room for rent in a two-family house just beyond its neighborhood. Craigslist, however, should feature a number of places you can visit for your consideration. Apartment guides are helpful too and are usually found at libraries, in supermarkets and other public places. Combine these resources with the other information you obtain to find an apartment.

Decisions, Decisions

Check out more than one place when looking for a college apartment. Your student housing choices should be good except in densely populated areas or wherever the housing stock is quite limited. Be prepared to have your credit checked — that means you may need to have a parent co-sign your lease and help you come up with deposit money and your first and last month’s rent. Credit checks for utilities may be necessary too; know your rights as a tenant as well.

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