We know that finding off campus housing can be stressful, but here are some tips and strategies to make it easier!
First, picking good housemates is the most important task in the housing process. Make sure that you are comfortable with and have a good understanding of any potential housemates. Does your housemate love dub step but you’re more of a classical music person? Are you a neat freak and do they refuse to shower? Learn as much as you can about your potential housemates prior to looking at houses! It’s okay to choose not to live with your best friend; it’s good to have more than one house to hang out at.
Second, don’t panic! There is no need to be in a rush to get a house. There are more than enough houses for Queen’s students in the University District. When we rush to find a house, it inflates the costs of your rental property and also enables landlords with below average properties to continue renting without improving the quality of the dwelling. Take your time; don’t be driven by the landlord’s agenda — take your time to make sure the location, the house and the landlord are a great fit for you and your housemates.