Rent, utilities, location, shower water pressure?
These things are all factors to consider in the realm of renting apartments. As first year wraps up and comes to a close, many of us first-year dorm dwellers are starting to think about where to stay next year. While many friends of mine are planning to commute from home next year, I knew from the beginning that I would much prefer to live downtown.
A timeline of my thoughts on apartment hunting:
January 2019 : Oh no, everyone’s talking about next year’s plans. What should I do, should I start finding potential roommates? How much rent am I willing to shell out each month? What area do I want to live in? Oh well, maybe I’ll think about it next week.
February 2019: Great, a whole month has passed. After confronting most of my friends, they’ve either found roommates, are moving home, or staying in residence again. After scrolling through rent listings on craigslist, I do what every person does when they need a second opinion: call my mom. After explaining my situation, she suggests a family friend whose daughter has an apartment and is needing a roomie. Hallejuah.
March 2019 : I message the girl, and we have a lot in common, and she shares the same love of cooking as me. Score. The location is right on campus, which means no pesky TTC trips in the mornings. I ask her the common renting questions, plan a tour of the apartment, and all seems well. I guess it’s time to start making a Pinterest Board for my bedroom!
While I got the supposed easy route by going through family connections, the uncertainty of where I was going to live next year was very real. Check out the the services that Housing provides to help!
For new renters, I wish you the best of luck!