9 Essential Tips For Finding Affordable College Housing

Posted by: Dr. Clay Braun MD at 06/12/2021 4,376 views

Finding affordable college housing can be one of the most challenging experiences for freshmen students. Because many enrollees are from places far away from competent universities, families need to shell out hefty amounts for a house, dorm, or apartment rental.  

Luckily, with some knowledge on grants, programs, and a few special arrangements, a college student may be able to enjoy price cuts for either off-campus or in-school accommodation. If you’re going off to college soon, read on and learn about this rundown of essential tips in successfully reducing your college housing costs.  

1. Check Online Sources

Aware of the challenges in finding cheap accommodation among university students, some websites run classified services that offer diverse options for college housing. The choices can vary from in-school to off-campus rental opportunities. Some of these sites even include work opportunities available near universities, perfect for students who need to earn while studying.  

One such useful resource is American Avenue, which offers apartments and living spaces approved by a prestigious university.  

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2. Ask Your School 

Some universities and colleges have a residential services unit that provides helpful resources and information about college housing. Other universities offer these services online, integrated into the school website.

Some schools even cater to off-campus students. Resources may come in the form of a database of housing units where property owners can enlist and previous occupants can comment or post reviews about the rental space. An add-on functionality includes matching you with other students who are similarly looking for accommodation.             

3. Scour the Place  

Before submitting your documents for university application, take a few days to explore the town and look for cheap rental properties near the campus. Don’t get stuck thinking that you can’t snag a great deal in areas close to the school.

Besides, seeing the place with your own eyes and getting the feel of the neighborhood will give you an idea of its overall safety. After all, more than looking for affordable housing, your priority should always be safety. You don’t want to stay in an old room loaded with fire hazards and security challenges, do you?  

While you’re checking the space, inspect if there are passive and active security systems in place. Look at the windows and the fire escapes, as well as the smoke detectors and alarm systems. 

4. Find A Roommate 

Whether living on or off-campus, cut your rental costs in half by looking for a roommate. It may be best if you share a room with a person whom you already know, but it’s not always necessary.

Having a person to share all your bills with takes a huge load off your fiscal resources. Just make sure you divide all the expenses in half to avoid tension.

But it doesn’t need to be all business between you and your flatmate. After all, you may end up spending more than a semester with your newfound friend. And speaking about relationships, you and your roommate should be able to talk to each other openly and share chores reasonably for a more stress-free relationship.

5. Stay With Relatives 

If you have relatives who live close to the university, it may be a good idea to stay with them. Depending on your arrangement, expect to pay a small fee or contribution. You can also do some chores in exchange for potentially free accommodation.   

Staying with relatives provides you with a ‘home away from home’ experience, which, to most, is better than staying in a college dorm or apartment.  

6. See If You Qualify for Government Assistance

In special circumstances, you may be eligible for government housing assistance. Learn more about Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937, which offers rental housing assistance to low-income families, including the elderly, children, and persons with disabilities. There are diverse rules from state to state, with more restrictions on college students.  

For instance, college students over 24 years old may apply as long as they fall under the low-income category. Students below 24 must ask for their parent’s income information.   

University students can also seek assistance from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which runs the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that focuses mainly on subsidies on utility bills.  

Veterans and active military members can avail of free housing and textbook allowances, courtesy of the G.I. Bill. 

7. Consider On-Campus Housing

To some, an in-school accommodation is synonymous with stern rules and zero fun. But the truth is, these spaces may be one of the most viable options. 

Even if the monthly rental fees may be more expensive than the other options upfront, you’ll save on time and transportation costs significantly. Besides saving money, staying in an on-campus housing is one of the safest options, especially for a freshman who doesn’t know the nitty-gritty of the new place.     

Still struggling to pay for your in-school rent? Ask whether the university has programs for rent discounts or deductions.   

8. Rent-for-Services  

If you think living off-campus is still the best option for you, why not offer your services for free rent?
Most undergraduate students are hired as nannies or waitresses, while some choose to be personal assistants. They’re housed by their employers for free in exchange for performing work-related tasks. Before embarking on this arrangement, students are advised to sign a contract agreement with their employers, including the length of rental and service terms.   

Otherwise, consider negotiating with your landlord for reduced rent in exchange for basic chores such as mowing the lawn and landscaping, or taking over some administrative tasks.    

9. Special Student Programs 

In 2016, the New York University launched a special program where they housed students with senior citizens. It was a mutually beneficial program, where students were given a huge discount on rental costs, and seniors were provided with small monthly income while the students were staying with them.      

In a separate program, a few students at the Cleveland Institute of Music lived and performed monthly recitals with seniors. Students also did light chores on the latter’s behalf and interacted with them—all in exchange for free rent. Among other findings, the arrangement showed positive health benefits for the elderly.       

It’s not clear whether these programs are present in other universities, but it never hurts to ask your school about similar arrangements.  

Before Moving In 

When looking for affordable college housing, it’s best to explore all options available. There are certain federal and school-based programs that you can apply for.  And there are special arrangements that you can come up with to significantly reduce your rental fees.     

However, more than looking for affordable college housing, university students should prioritize the safety of their rental space above anything else.

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