Off Campus Housing Near Case Western Reserve University

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Living experiences have a large impact on the college years and can heavily play into a student’s academic and social success. After spending the required two years in a residence on campus, many Case Western Reserve University students look into off-campus residence opportunities. Moving off campus is a big step that requires careful consideration, and there are factors that you should evaluate if you feel ready to explore off-campus housing near Case Western University.

Cost

The first step to looking at off-campus housing is establishing a budget of what you can afford to spend on rent, utilities, cable, internet, and other expenses related to living without on campus amenities (food, laundry, parking, etc.). Since many leases require first and last month’s rent, a security deposit, and application fees, you may need to allot more money for initial expenses than you will monthly. Carefully inspect the appliances and condition of the establishment when looking at possible residences, and ask about the maintenance expectations. If upkeep is not the landlord or apartment company’s responsibility, be prepared for unexpected appliance repair costs and consider taking out renter’s insurance to protect against any major incidents. For more tips on preparing to live off-campus, look at the “Things You Need to Know Before Renting” page on Case Western’s Resident Life tab.

Roommates

One of the best ways to keep off-campus living costs down is living with one or more roommates. Whether in an apartment or group housing situation, roommates can enhance the social experience but can also create financial issues if expectations are not communicated ahead of time. Before selecting a roommate, make sure that all parties involved are able to make a financial commitment and understand all of the terms of the lease. Also, clearly establish who will be paying the bills ahead of time to avoid late payments or issues with the service providers.

Lease Length

Keep in mind that many leasing periods are six months to a year, which can be incompatible with the typical nine-month school year. Many students make sublease arrangements or plan to take summer courses to account for the additional three months. Ask your leasing agent about what options are available for the lease length, subleasing, and ending a lease early. If you plan to live with roommates, be sure to communicate your lease length needs prior to signing to avoid any misunderstandings or conflicts.

Searching for Off-Campus Living

There are many questions to ask as you are looking for off-campus housing, and the “Questions to Ask Before Renting” page on the Resident Life tab is a good resource to get you ready to have those conversations with leasing agents. Stay organized while touring properties by taking notes and pictures to reference as you are making your decision later. During your search, take advantage of the resources available to Case Western University students who are looking for rental options, including the Rental Listing Services page and ALOHA, the off-campus listing service.