Exams are coming up, school is almost done, summer should be right around the corner. Since September, it’s been a non-stop go, but you’ve finally made it to the end of the school year. Yet still, more responsibility lies around the corner…unless of course you want to live on the streets next year. I doubt you do. That’s why, based off of my experience, I am giving Badger’s the inside tips to renting.

Do Not Settle

Especially at this time of the year, where there is a lot of pressure to find somewhere to live. However, last year I made the mistake of agreeing to sign a lease to a house I only saw once and got stuck being miserable. Make sure that before you agree to live somewhere, that you know that you 100% want to live there. Or you’ll regret it more than you regret the eight a.m lectures.

 

Get The Most For Your Money… (Or Your Parents Money)

Most landlords know that we are absolutely clueless when coming to these things. Now would be a good time to hop online and watch a couple of real estate shows. When looking for houses, make sure you know what is included in the package, so you don’t get hit further down the line with more expenses…simply because you didn’t do your research. Try to find the house that is going to suit all your needs, or like me, you are going to end up with a lot of problems. Know your rights, and what you’re entitled to!

 

Location

Before you sign the lease, now would be a good time to consider transportation. Ask questions like where is the closest bus stop? How long does it take to get to school? Students who live in Thorold know the struggle of buses in the school year, in the spring/summer, and on weekends/holidays. If you don’t have a car, and even if you do, do your research. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to walk forty minutes to work.

Roommates

Living with friends? By yourself? With random people? Make sure that you are comfortable with your roommates or even with living by yourself because there is a lot of responsibility in taking care of a house. If living with roommates, make sure you guys come together to share responsibilities such as cleaning and maintaining the house.

Renting a house is not easy, especially so young. As students, we already have a lot on our plates, the last thing we need to worry about is finding the perfect house. Make sure you do your research and pick your new house wisely, so that you’re living comfortably while you study your life away!

 

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