Questions to Consider for Off-Campus Living

Below is a list of questions that may help you find the right living situation. Consider them carefully when you are in the process of finding a suitable place for living.

  • Is the rent price consistent with the value of surrounding rental residences?
  • Is the price negotiable?
  • Is the security deposit refundable?
  • How many bedrooms are in the apartment? Will tenants have to share rooms?
  • Is there sufficient closet and storage space?
  • Is there enough space for everyone's furniture?
  • Is the house equipped with cable lines? Internet options?
  • How many bathrooms are in the apartment? How big are the bathrooms?
  • What is the size of the living room? Bedrooms? Kitchen?
  • Are there enough exterior lights for safety?
  • Are there screens on every window? Are there holes in the screen?
  • How many parking spaces are there?
  • Do tenants have to mow the lawn, cut foliage, or shovel snow?
  • Does the apartment have carpeting?
  • How many outlets are there in each room? In the apartment?
  • How many phone jacks are there in the apartment?
  • Are there laundry facilities?
  • Do all the sinks and tubs drain properly?
  • Do all faucets work properly?
  • Is there enough water pressure?
  • Are there water stains on the ceiling?
  • Do toilets flush properly?
  • Is there a source of heat in each room?
  • Can you control the temperature?
  • What type of locks is on the doors?
  • Are there sufficient lighting sources inside and outside of the house?
  • What is the condition of the walkway?
  • What is the condition of appliances?
  • What is the state of the stairs (indoors and outdoors)?
  • What is the reputation of the landlord?
  • Where is the landlord's permanent residence?
  • What conditions do you need to meet to receive your deposit back?
  • Should I invest in renter's insurance for my goods?

These are just a few questions that need to be considered when looking for an apartment. Visit the apartment with more than one person, so that your evaluation of the unit is varied. Multiple perspectives on an apartment can shed new light on issues that may have been overlooked by one prospective tenant.

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