Oftentimes after transferring, unexpected problems come about that make the transition from your old institution to your new one difficult and frustrating. Among petitioning for credits (article coming soon!), navigating a new campus, and meeting with advisers to ensure you graduate in time, there are many reasons to not transfer.
One of these issues is housing. Sure, you were accepted into your dream school. But where will you live? Will you commute? For students that don’t live near the school they are transferring to, it can be even harder to find a place to live. Fortunately, there are several housing options to look into as a transfer:
Apply for University Housing. Sometimes the easiest solution is to go with your university’s housing. There are several advantages to this—for example, your housing will probably be closer to campus, and you’ll have many necessities provided for you, like water, electricity, and even smaller things like A/C. Furthermore, you know requests for fixes will be tended to immediately.
Some things to consider when you seek out university housing:
Is it within your budget? Oftentimes, university housing is a lot more expensive than privately-owned apartment complexes around your school.
Can you make a roommate request? Also, check to see if the university will honor your request.
Will they be transfers or freshmen/continuing students? Last year, I lived in one of the apartment complexes of my university and really enjoyed it because I was surrounded by students in my age group.
If your school offers housing specifically for transfers, this can be something to highly consider living in. You’ll be surrounded by students who have gone through the same experiences as you, and are eager to fit into their new school as well. Some schools, like UCLA, have transfer student housing guarantees—if yours does, this can alleviate a lot of stress when you transfer.
Use your university’s Facebook groups. For other schools, transfer housing is harder to come by. Another resource is to look to your school’s resources to find alternative housing. Many schools have an affiliated Facebook page for incoming students. If this is the case, chances are your school also has pages for things like housing.
How to find Facebook pages in your school’s community:
Typing “[Your School Name] Housing” into the Facebook search bar will usually do the trick. In these groups, you’ll find students subleasing or offering spaces for the quarter, semester, or year. This is also a great opportunity to find roommates!
Use sites like Craigslist. If you want more options beyond what you see on Facebook groups, it’s worth checking out sites like Craigslist that list housing options at your next college. Use your own discretion when seeking housing on these sites. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Remember, be communicative and flexible when it comes to housing when you transfer. Think about which factors are the most important to you—location, price, amenities—and use your answer as your starting point when you begin looking. Oftentimes, it’s worth looking into several options before making a decision. Good luck!
How did you lock in your housing for next year? Let us know in the comments below!
– Michelle L.