Timelinefor an apartment hunt should start as early as November or December, well before everyone leaves for winter break. Conversations should include money, living style, location, necessary amenities, and the process timeline.
January, during Winter Session will be a good time to begin your search for an apartment. Students have more time during this time to go look at spaces. This also allows you to tweak your preferences and cost expectations based on your search. This will also be before room selection for on campus housing (takes place in March) if you change your mind about off campus housing.
Save the date: February 15th – ResLife will be hosting an info session for students interested in learning more about the searching process.
A lot of apartments are listed in March or April when current tenants tell landlords whether or not they will renew. If you are unable to find something by March, it’s okay!
All roommatesshould look at the space and agree on cost, location, and amenities, before the lease has been signed.
Don’t be pressured into signing. Its best to have something secured before March, however, don’t feel that you have to have something. Even if you don’t participate in room selection, there is something usually available in on campus housing through the summer. Take your time to consider options before signing anything.
Utilize campus resources.
ResLife will be hosting an off campus information session on February 15th. The info session will have tips, tricks, and some off campus students to help navigate your search.
RISD pays for a student lawyer to help RISD students through any legal questions they may have. Sign up to meet with them as you get closer to signing a lease. Have him take a look at your lease before signing it or meet with him before to discuss what you should be looking for in a good lease.