Many colleges and universities require residence in on-campus dormitories for the first year (or two) of school. But after that time period, you’re free to choose off-campus housing. Off-campus housing offers many perks, including cheaper rent, greater freedom and a clear separation between “work” and “play.”
Are you ready to venture off-campus? Washington, D.C., has one of the most competitive markets for rentals. This means you’ll need all the resources you can find. Here are five ways to find off-campus housing in D.C.:
- Facebook Marketplace: Facebook’s “Marketplace” sales app (find it as an option within your Facebook account) includes a housing section. Here, potential landlords or roommates can post available rentals. The perk of this housing search method is you can do some preliminary research by viewing Facebook profiles.
- Craigslist: This sales site also includes a fairly robust rentals and housing section. However, as with most Craigslist ads, it’s “buyer beware” as far as legitimacy and safety of posts.
- Online Rental or Roommate Finder: Using an online rental or roommate finder allows you to easily search available rentals in specific geographic areas and within your budget. Using 4Stay, you can even search rentals based on your campus or metro stop.
- Newspaper: Many people forget to check the newspaper for rental housing ads. You can sometimes find a place this way, though less and less landlords are using newspaper ads as a selling tool.
- Realtor: If you’re completely lost as to where to look or start, you can consult a realtor to help you find a great rental…Just know it may cost either you or your potential landlord if you sign a lease.
If you’re a student or intern looking for a great short or long-term rental — or looking to rent your place out–check out 4Stay’s handy search tools.