May 24, 20132nd round Graduate Housing Fall Allocation closes
May 24, 2013Deadline to accept the Graduate Housing Fall Allocation Assignment.
May 25, 2013Spring housing ends for non-graduating UGs
What Do You Need?
Use this checklist to evaluate a room or apartment to determine if it meets your needs:
- Expenses. Can you realistically afford the expenses involved in renting this apartment? Be sure to include heat, parking, transportation, Internet, and utility costs in your estimate.
- Parking. Is parking provided on the premises or available on the street? Will there be an additional charge for off-street parking?
- MBTA. Is the unit accessible to public transportation? Is it accessible to MIT?
- Shopping. Is it close to a supermarket?
- Laundry. Where are the laundry facilities?
- Storage. Is there adequate storage space for clothes and other belongings?
- Appliances. Does the apartment have appliances (stove, refrigerator, etc.)? Are they in good working order?
- Heat. Is the unit heated by oil, gas, or electricity? (Electricity is the most expensive source of energy in this area.) Are the heating units in good condition?
- Pets. Are pets permitted?
- Noise. Is there excessive noise from traffic or neighbors?
- Improvements. If the apartment needs painting, will the landlord pay for or provide labor and/or materials?
- Pests. Are there signs of bugs or rodents?
- Safety. Do the building and the apartment appear to be well-maintained and secure?
- Past tenants. What do previous tenants have to say about the safety of the community, average utility costs, and the responsiveness of the landlord?
- Mail. Are locked mailboxes provided?
- Entry. Does the doorbell and/or intercom system work?
- Neighborhood. Does the neighborhood appear to be safe?
- Lead paint. Was the building built before 1978? If so, it might have traces of lead paint, which is a danger to children under six. Learn more.
- Maintenance. Who is responsible for building maintenance? Who handles tasks like shoveling the sidewalk or mowing the lawn? Owner-occupied buildings or those with resident superintendents tend to provide more efficient and reliable repair and emergency services.