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Here are some factors to consider when looking for housing:
If you are looking for housing during the summer months, you can expect to find a place in one-two weeks. Please keep in mind however that options are greatly reduced as the fall semester approaches. If you are looking for housing during the academic year, please expect the search to take a little longer since the number of listings is typically lower than during the summer months.
Please see our user generated landlord review system.
The landlord will ask you to fill out a Rental Application, which allows a landlord to obtain information from a prospective tenant. You may be charged an application processing fee, which ranges from $30 to $50, usually, and which also covers the cost of the credit/background check the landlord will run on you. Basic information includes:
Some of the grounds for not approving an application can be:
Please read the application carefully, including the small print. The application fee is non-refundable, but the deposit you put down with the application, which can be as much as one month of rent, may also be non-refundable if you change your mind. Some applications state that you have three business days to cancel and get your money back, some others do not. Always get a copy of the application you have submitted. Always get copies of all the documents you sign.
In order to afford living close to campus, many individuals share housing and related expenses with others. You can use our Roommate Search service to help look for a roommate.
When planning to share housing, try to get to know your future roommates, and ask how long they intend to stay in the unit. You will most likely sign a lease in which each tenant is individually responsible for the entire rent; if a roommate backs out, the remaining tenants are liable for the full rent.