Apartment hunting for foreign studentsPresentation Transcript
Where to look:• Apartment advertisements (newspapers, Craig’s List, University housing office)• Internet (buyer beware!)• Real estate agency (rental agency)• Open house (anyone can come visit)• Word of mouth• FOR RENT sign – call for information• Bulletin boards – coffee houses, supermarkets, etc.)
Bulletin board ad
A homestay allows you to stay with afamily in your host country. It can helpyou to learn the language much faster,and to experience what "real life" islike in the host country.
Los Angeles homestay listings• Family of three: me, my wife and 11 year old son. West side near Santa Monica and Venice beaches. Very close to SMCC and UCLA and other schools.• We will pick up and return to LAX airport. Local bus stops less than 200 feet from our back door. $180 per week shared room; $250 per week private room.
Amenities:City / suburb Los AngelesState CAPostcode 90066Cost USD 180 per weekAvailable From 27 Feb 2010Available ToHouse has pets NoHousehold allows smoking YesAny meals included? Breakfast & DinnerInternet BroadbandCan provide airport pickup? Yes
Furn. 1BR cheap!
Craigslisthttp://newyork.craigslist.org/ Website for each major USA cityRentals, for sale, personal ads, etc.
Craigslist – apartment listings in New York
Choose an apartment that already has kitchen appliances
Apartment• Do you want to live alone or share?• How much space do you need?• What rent can you afford?• What amenities do you want?• Do you want to live on campus / off campus / close to campus / in a residential area?• How secure (safe) is the building and neighborhood?
roommate or flatmate
Let’s visit some apartments
My first apartmentBriar Place, Chicago
Studio (one room + kitchen & bath)
Briar Place, The DescriptionAll Units at 540 W. Briar have FREE HEAT! Thischarming vintage elevator midrise building is inthe heart of all things Lakeview! Shopping, greatrestaurants, nightlife, and lake all within a fewshort blocks. 540 W. Briar has an on-site staff,laundry room, new windows, HWF, spaciousshared main lobby, bike storage & workoutroom. Express bus around the corner & walkingdistance to the El. NO SECURITY DEPOSIT.
Briar Place, The Amenities• Cable Ready • High Speed Internet• Emergency Access Maintenance • Laundry Facility• Fitness Center • Public• Gated Access Transportation• Hardwood Flooring • Some Paid Utilities
Describing an apartment• Conv. Loc. = convenient location• 2 BR = 2 bedrooms• Furn. / unfurn.• AC = air conditioner• Util. incl. = utilities included (gas, water, electricity)• Pkg. incl. = parking included• Sec. bldg. = security building
Many American apartments havecheap w2w – wall to wall carpeting
You will pay extra for hardwood floors
• Construction: new buildings of about 5 floors or less are wood-frame and plasterboard (thin walls, noise travels easily)• High-rise buildings are steel frame construction• Older buildings have more solid construction – brick or concrete, quieter, more ambience (pleasing atmosphere)