Off Campus Housing

                                 OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING IN EIGHT EASY STEPS

Step One:

Begin with broad options and narrow down as you go.

Step Two:

Prioritize what type of housing you want to live in
Apartment/Condo
•    Duplex/Multiplex – two or multiple levels
•    Townhouse/House
•    Room & Board – live in a house for no or reduced rent in exchange for services such as childcare, home maintenance, or lawn care
•    Room in Private Home – individual rooms available for rent in private or student homes
•    Shared/Roommates – share room(s) with others in an apartment or house
•    Short Term/Furnished – summer and winter sublets
•    Suite/Apt in House – each room has its own entrance

Step Three:

Develop a financial budget for rent, utilities, food, transportation, entertainment, and emergency costs. Generally, living in a house with roommates is usually cheaper than living in an apartment on your own.
Typical Area Rents:
• 1 Bedroom Apartment.................$800-$1,700
• 2 Bedroom Apartment.................$900-$1,800
• 3 Bedroom Apartment.................$1,200-$2,000
• Efficiencies/Studio........................$600-$900
• Apartment in a House...................$500-$900
• Vacant House.................................$1,200-$4,000
• Room in a House...........................$350-$700

Step Four:

Consider what types of transportation are available and convenient. Check to see if there is a Gallaudet Shuttle or DC Metro and Bus services close to your place of residence. Many local apartment communities are on DC Metro and Bus services.

Step Five:

Check for safety by:
• Making sure interior and exterior doors are able to shut... has a lock!
• Visiting the property at night to see about lighting, parking, and other security considerations.
• Looking up crime information in the neighborhood you are looking to move to on the Metropolitan Police Department's website at http://crimemap.dc.gov.

Step Six:

Signing a lease protects you as a renter.
• Contact this www.doccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/civil/landlord-tenants.jsp for assistance.

Step Seven:

Dining options?
Dining Dollars added to the Gallaudet card? (check at Post Office for information)

Step Eight:

Look into obtaining renters insurance:

• Renter's Insurance is highly recommended to protect expensive property such as stereos, computers, TVs, video games, clothes, valuables. The cost is typically less than $20 per month, depending on the extent of the coverage. Check out the renters' insurance handout at Commuter Lounge or look at www.deafquote.com for more