Get the Most Out of the Housing Fair
Let’s be honest, searching for housing is difficult and stressful. Since you (hopefully) aren’t the Wicked Witch of the East, a house or apartment isn’t going to just fall out of the sky. The Off-Campus Housing Fair can help you alleviate much of the stress of this process, but only if you come prepared. Preparing for the Off-Campus Housing Fair is easy, just follow these simple steps:
- Attend one of the Off-Campus Housing Info Sessions. These info sessions are scheduled before the Housing Fair for a reason! The info sessions will tell you what to expect in your housing search, as well as provide advice to finding the best situation for you. From dealing with Real Estate Agents to Landlords and even what to look for in a lease, these info sessions are here for you to gain knowledge that will prevent you from getting taken advantage of. To view the info session slides, click here.
- Figure out what you are looking for! This is the most important thing equip yourself with for the Housing Fair. Once you’ve learned at the info sessions about local neighborhoods and what pricing you can expect in them, it’s time to make some decisions! Do you want to live in an apartment or a house? Do you want to live within walk distance to campus, or will you be driving or taking the T? Will you need parking? How many roommates do you want? Do you know who they will be? Do you want to share a bedroom? What is your price range, including utilities? If you need to see what is generally available check out the listings on our website.
- Logistics. Will you need a cosigner on your lease? Have your parents or someone with a steady income lined up to act as a cosigner for you. The housing market moves fast, so when you find a place that you like, you’ll want to be prepared to act immediately. Signing a lease can often require 4x one month’s rent as a down payment (1st month’s rent, last month’s rent, security deposit and rental agent fee), often 1 month’s rent can act as a deposit and a payment plan can be negotiated for the rest of the sum. Beginning the search with a cosigner lined up and ready to pay a deposit can make the difference between signing a lease to your dream apartment and losing it. For an additional leg up go to apartment showings with a copy of this rental application filled out!
As always, the Off-Campus Housing Office is here to help you through this process. Reach out to Assistant Director, Peter Kwiatek or Graduate Assistant, Katelyn Conroy with any questions you have through this process! We enjoyed speaking with you at our Off-Campus Housing Info Sessions this past September and look forward to seeing you at our Off-Campus Housing Fair on October 15!