The top five questions from students preparing to study abroad:
- I only need housing for a semester. What are my housing options?
- A single-semester on-campus housing assignment
- A single semester off-campus sublet
- Negotiate a short-term lease
- Sign a one year lease and attempt to sublet (for the semester abroad)
- Sign a one year lease and pay the rent for the entire lease (including time abroad)
- Where/when do I search for housing?
- Where? Online here, www.housingsolutions.com, www.ithacarents.com in the Cornell Daily Sun, by word of mouth or by visiting during open house events.
- When? This depends on your needs. Many variables influence when you “should” seek housing. Those may include your arrival date/time, rental availability dates, length of time you will need to rent, length of time rentals are available, your budget, distance to campus, etc.
- I signed a 12-month lease. Can I sublet my apartment to another tenant?
Read your lease and discuss this option with your landlord and your housemates.
- Are there risks associated with subletting? How can I minimize risk?
Yes, there are risks and though they cannot be eliminated, they can be minimized. Learn more to help you identify specific risks and strategies for minimizing those.
- Is there any way I can I determine how compatible I will be/my subtenant will be, with other housemates?
Please see our compatibility questionnaire. It may be a helpful guide.
Tips and strategies for finding and securing single-semester housing and identifying subtenants
- Join the Off-Campus Living list serve
- Regularly browse the Off-Campus Housing Listing online database, and other internet-based sources of information
- Consider compatibility with future housemates
- Develop a sublet contract
- Review the Off-Campus Living materials regarding subletting and short term housing