Students have a lot on their mind, especially ones new to the city.
Renting a place for the first time in a new city can be stressful and a challenging.
Here are some common problems, and how an agent can help.
1. They don’t know the month they’re moving, or if they’re even moving at all! They don’t know where to start.
This is how an agent can help: I can let you know when is a better time to move as far as when you’d have more options (September over October) and how far in advance to start looking (about two months). The important thing is to be settled before classes begin.
2. Some students have come to me saying they want to spend “$x/person” but they’re not sure if their friends will be moving with them. “Studio or three bedroom” is not a number of bedrooms.
This is how an agent can help: I can’t find an apartment that is at the same time a studio and three bedroom. Get non-flaky friends. The positive side to living with others is that the price per person goes down.
3. They don’t know how much they can spend or what they can get for the money.
This is how an agent can help: Thirty percent or less of your income is what you can spend. Start there. And Lincoln Park is more expensive than Rogers Park. Walkable areas always cost more. People underestimate Craig’s List to do a survey of what’s out available.
Finding a place in a new city can be tough. We’re here to help.