Alright. The unavoidable has finally happened. You’re an adult about to experience what it means to pay rent on the 1st and you’re super intimidated. No worries! We’ve got you covered. Here are some pointers on how to get the MOST out of your time at the housing fair:
Prepare a list of questions
The most important thing you can do, is be prepared. Put some headphones in and make a list of all the things that are most important to you. Space, privacy, distance to class, parking, all of it! This is YOUR apartment so be sure to ASK everything that concerns you. Remember, NO QUESTION is a STUPID QUESTION. Keep in mind, your parents can help you with this part, and may even have questions of their own.
Get your squad together
Some people go into this and completely wing it with no preference of who they live with. Others have a crew with them touring and finding places that fit them best. If you already know who you want to live with, apartment shop as a unit! Get your tour on, surf the web and hear everyone out. This way, you have more than just one insight and can brainstorm together.
Gather ALL of the flyers you can
One of the fun parts about housing fairs is the cool free promo items you get. With that, also comes the bulk of flyers in your hands. Don’t let it stress you out though, that’s the information you want! Grab a free bag (that most places offer) and make sure to ask every table for a “rate sheet.” This way, the research is already done, and you can kick your feet up and focus on finding the perfect place for you.
Not too bad right? It’s only as stressful as you make it and one of the best feelings when you actually sign a lease. Try and think ahead to all of the memories that will come with your place and pat yourself on the back! You’re growing up and there is no right way to do it. But with the right amount of help and effort, you’ll be just fine.
by Cecily Giancaterino