June 15, 2019 by West Village Suites
Moving away from home and into your own apartment is an exciting experience. However, it can also be a challenging one, especially if you are unsure about what to look for. You can avoid being stuck with subpar housing or needing to live in McMaster residences by following just a few basic tips.
1. Start as Soon as Possible
Many other students will also be searching for apartments around McMaster University, and all of them will have similar criteria to you. If you wait too long, the best housing will be gone. You need to begin your search at least one semester before school starts — or even earlier if you want to begin a part-time job or internship.
2. Know What You’re Looking For
Make a list of the features your apartment must have, as well as things you would like to have. For instance, you may need to be close to campus or well connected to public transport. You may also want a grocery store or laundry facilities nearby. There’s also the apartment itself: you may prefer it to be furnished or want it to have particular appliances.
3. Schedule Several Visits in a Day
If you live outside of Hamilton, make the most of your time by planning to see three or four apartments. Even if you love the first place you see, continue your visits. There is always the risk that someone else will rent the apartment you want before you have time to sign the lease. Alternatively, you may find something just as good at a lower price.
4. Have a Security Deposit Ready
You can increase the chances that you do secure an apartment by bringing along enough for a security deposit. Be prepared that some landlords will also want a co-signer before they will rent to students. You can avoid this by searching just for student rentals.
5. Read and Understand the Lease
Only rent from a landlord who is willing to provide you with a lease in writing. Make sure that you understand and agree to all the terms. It is particularly important to note terms about subletting, sharing, penalties for late rent, and maintenance procedure.
Save time and prevent stress by renting a room from West Villages Suites — the top choice for off-campus McMaster University student housing. It would be impossible to find anything closer to campus and with better amenities. Plus, the building is clean and secure and has friendly staff available 24 hours a day to help you with whatever you need.