With the end of the semester almost within reach, the panic starts to set in. All the final papers, projects and exams are beginning to add up and push our hopes of summer further back in our minds. As most of we gear up for the end, some of us are scrambling to find a summer internship, a place to live for the summer, or both.
The hunt for a job and a house is no easy task, especially with a heavy course load. I am lucky enough to have a summer internship, but as of this moment, I have no place to live; without a place to live, I can’t do the internship. Needless to say, I am starting to freak out.
Although I am by no means an expert, I have never lived on my own or really looked into housing, I have learned some important things while searching for a summer sublet. Below are some tips that you might find helpful if you’re scrambling for a place to stay.
1. Unless you have unlimited funds, realize your summer living situation will not be perfect. It’s not as if this is your first house where you will be entertaining guests. You are simply looking for somewhere to live for the three summer months.
2. Start your search online. Most people use the marketplace listings on Facebook. Craig’s List is another great place to look. There are other sites, but some of them charge you a fee.
3. Look at colleges. Many universities allow students to live in the dorms for the summer and you don’t have to be taking a class. However, this can be more expensive.
4. Consider a roommate. You don’t have to necessarily share a bedroom, but it might be more fun to live with someone. Not only will you feel safer, but it’s nice to have someone to come home to.
5. Be a little flexible with how much you are willing to pay per month. This will broaden your search of available places to live. Sometimes you can negotiate with your landlord.
6. Some important things to consider: Is there a washer and dryer? If not, is there a laundry-mat close by? Are the people subletting to you smokers? How much is it for utilities? Is there flexibility with the moving dates?