How to Find Student Accommodation in the USA

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Ask Questions

"Are pets allowed in the accommodation?"

You need to ask a lot of questions to avoid problems that arise after you settle. For instance, you need to know whether the housing agent allows pets if you are planning on getting a dog, cat or other small animal - you will also likely want a garden if you are planning on having a cat or dog. However, this entirely depends on whether you love pets or not. If they allow pets, determine whether there are additional fees. You must also know whether the fee applies for both dogs and cats. This way, you can evaluate your financial situation and make a wise decision in the end.

Determine the Type of Amenities Available

"Are there laundry & parking facilities?"

As a student, you must live in a conducive environment that allows you to study well and get good grades. The house and its surroundings should have the amenities required for a comfortable stay. It should have working and energy efficient air conditioners for the hotter months of the year. It should also have a good laundry section and machines - you can use launderettes if there are not facilities in the accommodation, but this will take time and cost extra money. Ask whether you will share some amenities such as the laundry machines and washrooms with the entire building. Also, determine whether there is a cost incurred when you use the facilities. If you drive, ensure the place has a parking space. Ask the agent if there are additional costs due to parking.

Go For Energy Efficient House

"How energy efficient is the house?"

Having an energy efficient house can help to save you money over the length of your tenancy. The house should have a good amount of natural light to prevent you needing to have the lights on all day, which would make your electricity bills soar. Ensure the windows and the doors allow free circulation of air to limit the amount of power consumed by the air conditioner.

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The techniques discussed will help you solve constant problems associated with college housing. If you have doubts, you can talk with a real estate agent near you or speak to the student housing office at the institution which you are planning to attend. They will almost certainly have a list of local real estate agents that they work with directly, or the university may own some off-campus private accommodation.

For international students in particular, many colleges will offer guaranteed accommodation on-campus for at least the first year of your course, so if you do not have any time to arrange viewings of private accommodation before arriving in the country, campus housing may be best for the first year or semester before you have time to take the above steps to properly research where you would like to live. Student accommodation decisions should not be taken lightly and the more research you do before you move in, the more likely you are to be happy with your student accommodation in the long run. Best of luck with your search!

Article submitted by Lizzy Weakley, a freelance writer based in Colombo, OH.

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