Finding housing can be a stressful experience, at least if you’re going off-campus. If you’re on-campus you know your options and you just have to choose what one is right for you. As an off-campus student, there are a lot more options: house vs. apartment, how close do you want to be, what’s your price range, do you want roommates?
Don’t get too overwhelmed, adulting can be tough, but we have some tips and tricks to help you find the right place for you.
First source to look at, should be the Off-Campus Housing locator. This is the perfect place to find housing for students, because all properties posted are guaranteed to have been checked by Lexington Code Enforcement. These checks seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at the amount of housing options that aren’t up to code and are just looking to generate easy income from student renters. Make sure you and your roommates are in a safe option by using this website:Off Campus Housing locator .
Steps to using the Off Campus Housing locator:
- Go on the website:
- Select a price range of what rent you’re willing to pay a month
- Select how many beds and baths you prefer
- In order to utilize this website, you must have a University of Kentucky account to log on. This ensures security and priority to students, faculty, and staff.
- If you’re a freshmen or student at one of the surrounding universities (Transylvania, Georgetown, BCTC, etc) reach out to the Off-Campus Student Services Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a temporary account.
- Browse the options to your potential future apartment!
Once you’ve found a place you might want to move into, do a Rental Walkthrough! There’s only so much that you can get from online (and rental properties are just like those potential matches on Tinder, they’re going to show you the BEST photos they have and you need to see the reality. Think of it like a meeting one of those Tinder matches for coffee, before committing to something longer like dinner or an actual relationship).
Actually going to the rental, and if possible the unit you would be renting, will give you an idea of what the property is like. You can see the condition of the exterior, the security, the amount of space you may or may not need to furnish, amenities, and the overall atmosphere of the complex or house. That way if the one you saw online isn’t as perfect in person, you can go back to the housing locator and find one that works for you.
As usual, if you have any questions about finding the perfect place for you, or using the housing locator, reach out to your community ambassadors or our Off-Campus Student Services office. You drop in to visit our office and we can help you through the process!