Everyone needs somewhere to call home, even for the summer Intern.
It’s almost May and you’re sitting in your dorm room daydreaming of a perfect summer job far, far away from home. The money is going to be great, there will be so much to see and do, your friends will visit and oh, wait a minute. That’s right, you don’t have a place to stay, yet, do you?
Don’t worry. AskStudent.com can help you find a place to crash this summer, no matter where you’re working. The clock’s ticking, so let’s get started.
City Living: Apartment Surfing
If you’ll be living in a city this summer, there are a number of ways to find an apartment without leaving your dorm room. By turning on your computer and logging on to the Internet, you can find summer rentals anywhere in the country on Web sites like Apartments.com and RentNet, says Manny Clark, assistant director of housing at the University of Minnesota.
If that doesn’t work, Clark suggests checking out local universities and colleges in the area you’ll be working-specifically. Off-campus or commuter student housing is often made available by students who have a yearly lease, but go home for the summer. A lot of Universities, have student forums. So you can email someone working for the university and if you ask nicely, they might be willing to send out an email on your behalf.
Clark says the University of Minnesota is willing to review subleasing contracts for students to make sure they aren’t getting taken. “We try to look at it and make sure they’re not paying more than they should or getting hit with any surprises,” he says.
Clark’s final suggestion is a practical one, depending on where you’ll be working: Try to stay in a college dormitory in the city. He says some schools don’t allow it, but by checking around, you can save hundreds of dollars in rent each month, plus it may come with such amenities as a meal plan. “There’s difficulty in going to a city,” Clark says. “If you’re not familiar with the city and your surroundings, it can be scary, especially if it’s your first time away from home.” As an example, New York University and Columbia University are offering summer housing for students who are not enrolled in their summer program in New York City.
If you belong to a Fraternity or Sorority, look for a local chapter in the city of your internship. They might be more than willing to accomodate a brother.