This summer, two of my good friends and I began searching for off-campus housing together.
Many emails, screenshots, and showings later, we have now secured an apartment for the next year. 🥳
Here are a few things I learned along the way.
When should I start looking?
We started looking at rental websites two months in advance to our move-in date, but only got serious with showings closer to one month before our move-in. The Toronto renting market is fast-selling, but there’s always more leases ending and more listings going up.
Where do I find apartments for rent?
HOT TIP 🔥: Realtors are commissioned by landlords and will work with tenants for FREE. I’d totally suggest taking advantage of their help.
DID YOU KNOW? 🧐 U of T Housing has great resources for on and off campus living. Check them out.
How do I deal with roommate conflicts?
As your resident people-pleaser, I struggled with voicing my concerns to my roomies. It was so tempting to agree to everything they said just to keep the peace, but I learned it is much better to stir the pot with my concerns than keep them bottled up.
When it comes to compromising, decide what your non-negotiables are (budget, location, windows, furnished spaces), and let your roommates know.
Don’t worry, you got this!
The biggest thing I wish I could tell my past self is to be patient and have faith! You may have to make some sacrifices, but you will find a place to call home. 😌
That’s all for now,
2nd year Computer Science | Your Life @ U of T Digital Storyteller