Search websites such as Collegerentals.com or Craigslist, and filter results based on price range, location preferences, and personal needs to connect with potential landlords renting to students. Both resources provide access to a broad range of listings free of charge.
Collegerentals.com, owned by What's Happening Publications, is a searchable database of rental properties available to students. The design of the website caters specifically to those who are looking for housing near a university but not on campus. Search by location or by school to find potential homes. One drawback of Collegerentals.com is that it does not have listings for every university, so the coverage does have limitations. Most major institutions are represented, but searching for some smaller regional schools does not produce results.
The website also offers some additional resources for apartment hunters, such as a packing guide for those preparing to move. Additionally, students can enroll to receive regular updates on apartments that become available based on search criteria.
Craigslist provides another valuable resource for students seeking housing. Craigslist is an online message board and marketplace. Most cities, towns or regions have a dedicated Craigslist website. Under the Housing header, select "apts / housing," which generates a list of all rental postings for that city or area. From here, filter the results based on price, size, pet policy, number of bedrooms and other criteria. The search bar can filter these results based on specific keywords. Search "student" or the name of a school to narrow the results.