So, you have lived in residence, made some great memories, even better friends and are ready to get a place of your own off campus. Finding that perfect place is tough, especially in a city like Ottawa, with SO many students looking for housing. But don’t worry, we are here to help make your search as flawless as possible.
Some things to keep in mind when starting your search;
- Will I have roommates?
- There is a very good chance that if you are living off campus, you will have at least one roommate. One recommendation I can make with confidence is that the idealistic 8-bedroom house, with 7 of your closest friends rarely works out well. Try to keep your numbers around 4 or 5.
- How much can I afford to pay per month?
- When creating your budget, you need to remember that you will likely be paying rent over the summer, even if you aren’t living here. Other things to consider are the costs of utilities, if parking is included and whether you can sublet over the summer.
- Location, Location, Location!
- This might be the second most important aspect of house hunting, right behind price. As a student, you likely won’t have a car, so the house or apartment you find needs to be close to transit lines that run to Carleton (#7, 4, 104, 111 and the O-Train). Not having a car also means that your new place should be close to things like grocery stores or laundromats.
With these things in mind, we have a few tips and resources that will help make your hunt a little smoother;
- Start your search sooner rather than later, house hunting is competitive in Ottawa!
- Create a checklist for your house hunt, this will help you narrow in on your hunt, making it as efficient as possible.
- When you do go to showings, be professional. These are like a tryout or job interview – first impressions are everything!
- When you do get your place, and move in, respect your neighbours and be courteous.
We wish you nothing but the best in your hunt for off campus housing and if you have any questions, feel free to come by our housing office.