Although this guide applies to everyone, abroad students coming from countries outside the U.S. will probably find the information most useful.
⦁ A deposit will most likely be required for a student home in the U.S., usually of one month or six weeks’ rent, which is returned during the move out. Of course, the property must remain in the same condition as it was at the beginning of the lease in order to get the full deposit back.
⦁ Utilities (energy costs, internet, water, cable) will usually be extra cost so this must be factored in when budgeting.
⦁ Additional fees can exist. For example for the use of parking spaces, laundry facilities or concierge services, at some apartment blocks.
⦁ Deciding between furnished and unfurnished housing is imperative. If a student is coming from outside the U.S. this will need to be arranged ahead of time.
⦁ Apartment blocks and university dorms sometimes supply access to facilities such as a pool or gym, which can save money for students who would otherwise pay extra for memberships. Each school varies so it is important to look into this.
⦁ Lastly but certainly not least, check how safe the housing unit is by inspecting the neighborhood and all the security features (if there are any) such as door entry, security personnel or CCTV in communal areas.
Following these tips will ensure any abroad student will find their student housing experience in the U.S. fulfilling and enjoyable.
Tips from Rochester Smart Student Housing