Updated June 2016
Are you new to Cincinnati? Is your current apartment or roommate driving you nuts? Are you having a rough time finding a place to live? You’re probably losing sleep thinking about the fact that you’re either going to be homeless or living somewhere unsuitable come August, but don’t give up hope quite yet. There are tons of resources out there that can help you find your new (happy) home in no time.
As You Look
Regardless of where you look for a place to live, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here’s a list of things we suggest you do as you search for the perfect place for you:
- Have a budget in mind before you start to look
- Go and physically look at the places you like. Pictures are all well and good, but they don’t come with a sense of smell. Make sure all doors, drawers and closets open and close.
- Try and visit more than once, or at least stop by at different times of the day. Is it quiet enough at night? Is it still safe after dark?
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If something doesn’t seem right, speak up. You don’t want to sign a lease, then find out that there are hidden fees afterwards. Ask about the typical electric costs for summer and winter.
- Bring your questions with you. If you’re not sure what to ask, check out these guides from U.S. News & World Report and RentLingo for some ideas.
- Take someone you trust to look with you. Whether that’s a roommate, a relative, or just a friend that won’t hesitate to tell you the truth, two sets of eyes are better than one.
- Keep transportation in mind. Where will you park? How will you get to and from campus in bad weather?
- Check the incident map for the areas you’re looking at to see what type of crime happens there. The public safety website is also a good resource.
- Look at the UC Housing resources and leasing tips for other great advice