It makes sense that while college-aged students navigate this exciting period of their lives, many of you parents are serving as their GPS (Global Parenting System). You often take care of the demanding details for your college-aged students, like finding them a decent place to live. Here at ForRentUniversity.com, both you and college-aged students alike can find university apartments, off-campus housing and student housing.
ForRentUniversity.com makes it easy for parents and students to research neighborhoods, amenities, rental rates, lease options and lifestyles at various communities. Once that perfect apartment is found, both parents and students can share their findings with each other by email, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. ForRentUniversity.com can be accessed and used on smartphones and tablets, which is often necessary for both you and your college-aged student, who are always on the go.
For students and parents, day-to-day life doesn't start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. You want to be connected 24/7, and ForRentUniversity.com is available to everyone, everywhere at anytime.
Should parents be concerned about safety at off-campus housing?
What are some safety tips that parents can share with students while they are at class and living off-campus?
What calendar dates do parents and students need to be aware of?
If parents want to be involved in their son/daughter's college years, but don't want to be overbearing, what are some options?
Many colleges and universities understand that parents want to be more involved in their college-aged student's education, so they provide information and offer services especially for them. Depending on the college, the availability of specialized parent services consequently encourages even more parents to get involved. Examples of specialized parent services include:
What are some items that parents can put in care packages to send to their children at school?
A couple of final thoughts: Be careful with perishables. It is best to let students know that a package is coming. They may not be in the habit of checking for packages every day. Check to be sure that you have the correct address and that it is written clearly. Consider sending smaller packages often. Finding frequent treasures in the mailbox is fun.
Should students moving into off-campus housing get renter's insurance?
Getting renters insurance is always a good idea and is reasonably inexpensive. The unexpected can always happen. Depending on what a lease agreement says, students can be held responsible for any number of situations. At minimum, most communities may require liability insurance. Renters insurance generally covers loss of belongings in case of fire, flood or theft but not the rental unit itself. Contact your current home owner's insurance or renter's insurance provider as you may already have the option to include this in your policy. Parents can also contact the property management company as it may have more information and a discounted rate through another insurance provider. It is important to know that more often than not the landlord or property management company will not be liable for damage to any of your student's personal items, from bedding to computers, or their furniture, televisions and sound systems.
What are some tips parents can give students who are considering entering into a lease?
What money management tips should parents share with their college students?
What are my responsibilities and liabilities as a guarantor or co-signer?
Should the original applicant default or miss a payment on the lease, the guarantor typically assumes complete financial responsibility, often for the entire lease term account. In the case of a missed payment, this means making that payment and all further payments until the original applicant is able to do so. In the event of the original applicant defaulting on the lease completely, the guarantor assumes all liability for paying off the loan. As a guarantor, it's important to emphasize to the original applicant to keep you apprised of any late payments or inability to pay the rent to make payments on the loan. This way, as the guarantor, you are prepared to take over and prevent any late fees or poor credit marks as a result. And as a guarantor you will also be responsible for paying for any damage to the property beyond reasonable wear and tear if the original applicant does not pay. Every lease is different. Read the fine print carefully and address questions directly to the property management company.
You may encounter two different types of leases in your student housing search. A "joint lease" is the traditional lease that you're probably most familiar with. Some properties offer an "individual lease". The type of lease properties on For Rent University offer are clearly marked by color and icon, as illustrated below.
Individual Lease: The lease terms and conditions are set per person. You will share common living areas with roommates, but you are only respnsible for your personal lease agreement. Typical of roommate matching.
Joint Lease: The lease terms and conditions are joint and several liability. This is when two or more parties are equally responsible for the lease terms and conditions. All roommates are equally obligated to the lease agreement. Typical where you have your own roommates.
If you select 1 bedroom apartment +, you will receive search results that show one bedroom apartments and up.
Enter the maximum monthly amount you want to spend on an apartment. If you enter $400, your search will return apartments that are $400 a month and below.
Enter the distance in miles (anywhere from 0-15 miles) you want to be from campus.