Beginning Your “Off-Campus Housing” Search

Before you begin you housing search, take some time to think about questions you should ask yourself (include your parents if they are assisting with your transition to off-campus housing). Question examples include:

  • How much can I afford in rent per month?
  • How much can I afford in utilities and cable/internet per month?
  • Can I apply for “Housing” monies through Financial Aid? How does that work?
  • Do I want a roommate/Will I need a roommate?
  • Where can I find a roommate?
  • Will I need a co-signer? Do I have a co-signer?
  • Do I want a 12 month lease or a month to month lease? What’s the difference?
  • How much will transportation cost to and from campus (and work) per month?
  • If I have a vehicle, will I need a parking permit to park on the street in my new neighborhood? Where do I get the permit?
  • What neighborhood(s) would I be ok living in?
  • What neighborhood(s) will I absolutely not live in?
  • What’s the furthest I’m willing to commute?
  • Do I need “pet friendly” housing?
  • Do I need “family housing”?

Once you’ve thought of and answered all of those important questions, the next thing to do is start your housing search. The initial search will be done online. Below is a list of some popular websites:

For Everyone

Hot Pads https://hotpads.com/washington-dc/apartments-for-rent
Rad Pad https://www.onradpad.com/explore?search=Washington
Sublet.Com https://www.sublet.com/
Apartment Guide http://www.apartmentguide.com/college/District-of-Columbia/
Roommate Finder https://gu.och101.com/rm_index.php
For Rent University https://www.forrentuniversity.com/
Rent in Washington DC http://www.rentinwashingtondc.com/
ForRent.com http://www.forrent.com/find/DC/metro-Washington+DC
Trulia http://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Washington,DC/
Urban Igloo http://www.urbanigloo.com/
Zillow http://www.zillow.com/washington-dc/apartments/
Craigslist http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/search/doc/apa
PadMapper http://padmapper.com
Apartment List https://www.apartmentlist.com/
RentalsOnline.com http://www.rentalsonline.com/apartment_search.asp
Rentown.net http://www.rentown.net/
Ross-Companies http://ross-companies.com/college/
Zumper https://www.zumper.com/
U Loop http://washington-dc.uloop.com/housing/index.php/apartments?gclid=CjwKEAiA9c-2BRC_vaaJ0Ybps30SJABlqxDe0mU7Uwf5NJf48a-yl0y0sUKWcqiQho5jOZf4LzylwBoCqm3w_wcB
My First Apartment http://www.myfirstapartment.com/ (blog with helpful     information on roommates, moving, budgets, etc.)
In My Area https://www.inmyarea.com/ (find local utility services in your selected area)

For International Students

International Student House http://ishdc.org/
Loftstel (International Housing) http://loftstel.com/
Cassa Housing (furnished) http://www.cassahousing.com/

Rental Agencies

Keller Williams http://www.kw.com/homes-for-sale/District-of-  Columbia/stprp-DC-rental.html
Realtor.com http://www.realtor.com/
The DC Apartment Company http://www.dcapartmentco.com/
Urban Igloo http://www.urbanigloo.com/
Nest DC http://www.nest-dc.com/
Chatel Real Estate http://www.chatelrealestate.com/
Weichert http://www.weichert.com/

*Please note these online sites are for convenience only and are not endorsed by the University of the District of Columbia*