To improve the efficiency of your search for off campus housing, students should consider developing an information checklist to help narrow their search. When used in conjunction with a student focused property management company, an information checklist is and effective tool that allows property management companies understand exactly what you are looking for in terms of university Waterloo housing. In addition to helping students uncover previously unthought-of considerations, an information checklist will also help students with housing applications and their budget.
An effective information checklist should consist of at minimum the following information:
School attended: In many cities there is only one option. However, in Waterloo there are three options: The university of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, and Conestoga College. The school you attend will definitely have an impact on your off campus housing options.
Location: Students need to determine how important living close to campus is to them. Living closer to campus tends to be more expensive, let alone more competitive in terms of finding suitable housing. Students may also identify a need to live in a more quiet or popular retail area.
Rent: Students need to determine how much they are willing to pay for rent. Location does play a factor in this decision. Therefore, rent and location need to be considered collectively.
Students should also give some thought to if they plan on subletting in the summer months. If they plan to do so, some student focused property management companies can help you find a tenant.
Housing features: Students need to list the features they require in order for a place to meet their specifications. Make the list as specific as possible. If they are using a student focused property management company, this list can be used to quickly narrow potential housing options.
Roommates: Who you decide to live with is a big decision. It also is a major factor in the location, amount of rent you pay, and the housing features you are looking for. Be sure to come to a consensus with roommates before you begin your search.
Transportation: If you or any of your roommates have a car you will have to factor in parking. In some instances parking does come as an additional monthly fee.
Time: Consider when and how much time you and your roommates can dedicate to your university Waterloo housing search. This is key when making appointments with landlords or property management companies to view potential housing options.
Students that develop information checklists based on the above information put themselves in an effective position to quickly find university Waterloo housing. The process will be even more efficient when they enlist the services of a student focused property management company. When students have a focused and specific idea of the off campus housing they seek and work with a property management company they greatly improve their odds of finding a living situation that meet all of their expectations.