Off-campus housing for next year, too late?

<p>Hi, </p>

<p>I’m a current freshman and I’ve been thinking about living off-campus next year. I live in a quad on north campus right now and I already have a roommate for next year and we were thinking off either spending another year in the dorms or trying to find something off campus. But I’ve heard I might be too late to find things off campus, but then someone else told me they don’t sign leases until January so I could find something. </p>

<p>I’m not really interested in a house, just an apartment that can comfortably fit 2 guys in it. Price is somewhat of a concern, but as long as it is a little cheaper than the dorms we should be ok (no meal plan fee is going to be nice). </p>

<p>Proximity is also key. Must be very close to campus. Prefer closer to Lane/North Campus/Fisher, but someplace along High would also be nice. Not super picky, but I guess nothing too far by South Campus. </p>

<p>So are we too late? Or at least too late to find something close that won’t break the bank?</p>


<p>If you are serious about finding a place, you may want to start calling agencies now- there are a half-dozen or so major ones which own the apartment complexes and houses around campus and rent primarily to students. I rent from Oxford Realty ((614)299-2897), and recommend them, but there are a number of other rental agencies too, including Pella and Buckeye Real Estate.</p>

<p>Call them up, ask what they have available in the areas you're interested in, and ask how much the rent is. Expect that a lot of places will be no longer available, as you are starting a late, and a lot of agencies have already started signing leases, but you may find what you're looking for. You should be able to schedule a tour. </p>

<p>Avg. rent on a 2 bedroom should be something like $400-450 per person for a fairy convenient place (15th-Lane, close to High), and maybe $50 less if you are willing to live a few blocks past Lane, or on south. I traded a longer walk for cheaper rent, and I really don't mind the extra ten minutes to and from class. If proximity is truly key, expect to pay more like $450-500. Utilities usually aren't included.</p>