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OGSL & Off Campus Housing Office: Boston Housing Search
Denise Hoon 13 May 2013
Transcript of OGSL & Off Campus Housing Office: Boston Housing Search
Are you looking for a studio or a one-bedroom?
Do you want to share a 2- or 3- bedroom apartment with other graduate students? Sign up for Roommate Finder an online data base to help you connect with other BC graduate students looking for roommates. Go to bc.edu/offcampus for more information.
Are you coming to BC with your spouse or family?
Are you interested in apartments in converted Victorian homes or brownstones, or do you prefer to live in a mid- or high-rise building with certain amenities?
Do you have pets?
Will you have a car in Boston?
How much can you afford to spend on rent? Budget additionally for utilities, household supplies, and transportation costs in time and money.
Get familiar with the different rental lingo for living arrangements. http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/reslife/offcampus/ocrsrcs/planning/livingarrangements.html
Check out the different neighborhoods online on the Office of Graduate Student Life www.bc.edu/gsc.
Research Cost. Check current rental listings, cost ranges, and averages posted on Office of Residential Life, Off-Campus Housing Website. http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/reslife/offcampus/ocrsrcs/planning/cstcmpsn.html Who? What? Where? Create a rental application packet. A rental packet is a great tool to promote yourself and become a better prospect to landlords. It includes a cover letter, rental application, and references. If you are applying as a group, include each person in the packet. You might be competing with another group of people so having this packet ready will set you apart from other potential renters.
Check out the Lease & Sublease Information on the Office of Residential Life, Off-Campus website for helpful information on lease contracts and other great information before you sign a lease. http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/reslife/offcampus/ocrsrcs/leases.html
Bring along the Apartment Checklist to ensure your apartment is Boston Housing code and also bring this check list with you again when you move into your new apartment. http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/offices/reslife/pdf/checklist.pdf Sign rental application and pay your deposit will take the apartment off the market. Get a copy of all paperwork you sign and a receipt for all financial transactions. Keep a rental file. Remember never pay in cash! Please contact Office of Residential Life, Off-Campus Housing if you questions about your lease.
Review our Moving-in Checklist for tips on how to establish yourself in your new home. www.bc.edu/gsc
Don't forget to "like" the Office of Graduate Student Life Facebook page for helpful tips and upcoming events for graduate students. facebook.com/ogsl YOUR NEW BOSTON COLLEGE HOME! Office of Graduate Student Life:
Call: 617-552-1855 Graduate Student Off Campus Housing Timeline Search, Search, Search! Sign up or view the previously recorded the Off Campus Housing webinar to guide you through the steps to find off-campus housing. For more information to go bc.edu/gsc
Check out the Office of Residential Life, Off-Campus Housing Newsletter at http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/offices/reslife/pdf/offcampus/Publisher%20Newsletter%202013_2014.pdf
Attend the Graduate Student Off Campus Housing Fair on Friday June 21, 2013, 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Heights Room, 2nd floor, Corcoran Commons (Lower Campus) Check out bc.edu/offcampus for more info. Begin the search for your next home! Office of Residential Life,
Call: (617) 552-3075 Please feel free to contact us! Plan your trip to Boston. Please visit the Local Area Information for discounted accommodations. http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/reslife/offcampus/areainfo/lodging.html
Search rentals. Check out Off-Campus Housing website for instructions on how to search for available local listings and other resources to look for housing. http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/reslife/offcampus/ocrsrcs/searching.html
Call the landlord or property manager of the rentals you are interested in. Set up a time to view the property. Be prepared to make a good impression. You may need to set up times the week you visit since apartments can go very fast in the Boston area.
Please note the best time to start searching is 30-90 days before you plan to move into your apartment. The reason is that most tenants will have to give notice between April- August to their landlords for September 1st move in date. Looking, Applying, and More! Know What to Expect Moving
to the Boston Area How much should I expect to pay for rent?
Boston is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. Check the Off-Campus website rent comparison. bc.edu/offcampus
How much will I have to pay upfront?
It can vary can also depend on what the landlord requiring for their tenants but you should expect to pay three or four months rent up front: first month’s rent, last month’s rent, security deposit, and realtor’s fee (if you go through a realtor).
How much time should I set aside for the search?
You may be able to locate housing in as little as three to five days to 2 months. Most rentals are advertised four to six weeks before the date they are available.
If possible, try to schedule a house-hunting trip to the Boston area before you make your move. Typically, the "slower" season is February-April and many rentals are available in early July and early September since most tenants need to give 30 or 60 day notice if they are not renewing their lease. We encourage you to connect with Off Campus Housing to help you with your search.