The year is undoubtedly flying by, and students are already busy securing housing for next year. If you have yet to figure out your own arrangement for next year, don’t freak out — there are plenty of feasible options to look into last minute.
Here are a few pointers to help get you moving in the right direction:
Talk to your landlord.
If you live off campus this semester, chances are the deadline to renew your lease passed a while ago and new tenants have already signed for your unit. However, plans can change, and you never know when a space in your current building will suddenly open up. While you can’t necessarily rely on this, your current landlord might be more willing to give you a hand since they’ve already worked with you before. Talk to them and see if there’s anything available in your building — if not, they might be able to help point you in a different direction.
Post in class Facebook groups.
You might not have used your class Facebook page since you searched for a roommate eons ago, but it still serves the same purpose. You’d be surprised at how many people need additional roommates to fill open spaces in their apartment or house.
But don’t feel like you have to limit your search to your own class Facebook group. Feel free to post in a few different ones, such as the page for the class above you or a branch campus group. Keeping your options open will help make your search process easier and faster.
Use your involvement to your advantage.
Extracurricular involvement is great for building friendships and gaining leadership experience, but it can also help you out in this type of sticky situation. Whether it be your THON Committee GroupMe or a Facebook page for your major, reaching out within a certain club or organization is a great starting point. Plus, it could increase your chances of finding a roommate similar to you.
Reach out to Penn State Housing.
Because no two students are in exactly the same boat, it can be incredibly helpful to consult with a professional about your specific situation. The phone number for the assignment office is 814-865-7501, and it’s open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Consider looking into a single dorm or studio apartment.
At the end of the day, it’s just hard to beat having a room to yourself if you can afford it.
- Don’t let yourself get discouraged. It’s easy to focus on how quickly the semester is flying by instead of paying attention to the task at hand. There are always options, no matter how late you feel you are in the process.
- Set aside time each day. Never let the search for housing get in the way of your schoolwork, but designating a time period for searching and planning will help keep you moving without overwhelming you. It helps if this time is during business hours when you can call landlords and rental offices if necessary.
- Stay open to new possibilities. College is all about unique new experiences, and this doesn’t stop after freshman year. Don’t write anything or anyone off too quickly.
- At the same time, don’t settle. If a possible option is simply too expensive or the location is just way too far from your classes, don’t sign any agreement impulsively. There are always other options, so don’t commit to a living situation you’re wary about.