There are several terms that you need to know
before you start looking for a place to live.
Lease - A contract between you and the
landlord stating your commitment to pay rent for a period of time
(usually a year). In case you break the lease, the landlord has
the right to keep you security deposit.
Security Deposit - An amount of money
(usually two months of rent) you pay when you sign a lease. The
landlord can keep the money if you break the lease. At the time
you move out, the landlord may still need to keep the money until
the utility bills arrive. Then part of the security deposit will
be used to pay your part of the utility bills. The remaining will
be returned to you.
Utility - Electricity, water, cooking
and heating gas, etc.
have the following options: on-campus housing, off-campus apartment,
or off-campus house.
On-Campus House or Apartment
biggest advantage of on-campus housing is the closeness to the classrooms,
labs, libraries, etc. However, there are certain disadvantages:
usually need to sign a lease for a school year.
may need to share a room with someone else.
may be required to participate in a meal plan.
school breaks (winter and summer breaks etc.), you may need to
need to find out the above details before you sign a lease.
You can share a two- or three-bedroom apartment
with someone else, who has rented the apartment. Issues to clarify
- Is any utility not included in the rent? If yes, how is that
going to be divided among the different people living there?
people usually don't share rooms in this situation, ask and make
many phone lines exist in the apartment? How can you get your
telephone hooked up? How much do you need to pay for local telephone
the area safe? Ask people other than who is trying to rent you
can you get to the campus? If by bus, ask for a schedule. Pay
attention to the bus frequency, as well as night and weekend availability.
can you shop for grocery or do other shopping? Will you be able
to get a ride from you apartment mate?
many people living in the apartment? How many bathrooms are available?
a lease required? If yes, for how long? If no, what kind of move-out
notice is needed?
You run into the same issues as in off-campus
apartment, plus the following:
do you do laundry?
good is the heating system in winter, and the air conditioning
Get in touch with the Chinese student association in your university
and ask them to help you find a place to live. The Airport
Pickup page has contact information for most universities.