If you are a student going to college or University this fall then you must be looking for a place to stay close to your school of choice.
Its not easy to find something that has all of the things you want in a rental room or condo. You may also find that it is difficult to navigate without a full time job and proof of the income you may have to pay for the unit which you want to rent.
There are many obstacles to over come, but you must realize that you are not the only one in this situation, there are thousands upon thousands of students who are looking for units at the same time. Here are a few tips to finding the place you want to stay at.
1. Start Early: The early you start to look for a place the better. Do not wait until the last minute to start looking for a place to rent for the year.
2. Get your financials out of the way. The main thing a landlord wants to see is a guarantee that their rent will be paid. If you have a loan, a scholarship, grand or money coming from somewhere, be able to show and prove that. Get a parent or a co-signer before you start looking, or you may have to pay a few months in advance.
3. Talk to property managers, get to know them, ask them if there is any vacancies or people that didn’t follow through on their leases. Basically become their friends and beg them to help you if they have a vacancy.
4. Talk to A real estate agent who specializes in Student rentals, and the area where you are looking. They may have resources to help you get into a building and a condo.
5. Have Proof of your program and accomplishments. Some landlords will want to know what program you are in and that you are actually a student. They might relax their rules a little bit and take you on as a tenant.
6. Pay up front. Above all else, pay a few months up front if you can. This may be the only way to secure your place and assure the landlord that you will pay your rent and be a good tenant.
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