1) FIGURE OUT YOUR ROOMIE SITUATION
Yoyoyoyo when sorting out your roommate situation, don’t just choose people to live with cause y’all are besties… being friends does not mean you live well together. Make sure that you’re compatible with the people you choose to live both in terms of living standards and habits. Consider things like level of organization, study habits, general bed times, and cleanliness.
Also, be aware that Montreal is not some university town where the more people you have the cheaper your rent. Nah uh. Usually the apartments with the cheapest price are geared towards groups of trois.
2) COMPILE YOUR APARTMENT LISTINGS DATABASE
Start yo search for apartments. Get on dem craigslist, dem kijiji, dem apartmentsplox.com and get dem apartment listings.
(Series apartment listing resources include: McGill Off-Campus Listings, McGill Classifieds, Craiglist, and Kijiji).
Suggestion: spreadsheet it up. AND WHAT INFO SHOULD BE RECORDED? Well, that depends on what you’re prioritizing. Discuss with your roomies beforehand what everyone finds most important and be sure to take note of all those items when looking through apartment listings. AND WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS TO CONSIDER? Price. Distance to campus. Distance to nearby metro / bus stop. Number of bathrooms. Start date of the lease. Noise level. Distance to closest grocery store. Furnished or unfurnished.
3) VISIT DEM APARTMENTS
Once you have a fairly large listing of apartments, go and CHECK THEM OUT! Get in touch with whoever’s contact info is listed and set-up a date to come view the apartment. When you go to visit the apartments, BE SUPER CRITICAL! Take time to examine all details that you and your roommates find important- this is a super big decision so being meticulous is key. Remember, if you can’t envision yourself living in the space then it is probably not the right fit for you!
4) DECISION MAKING
Once you feel as though you’ve visited enough apartments, IT’S TIME TO MAKE A DECISION. Make sure you’ve seen at least 3 or 4 apartments (at the bare minimum) so that way you have a selection of places to choose from… don’t just snatch up the first place you see cause you’re like ZOMG YAYAYAY APARTMENT ME WANTS! <- (me seeing my first apartment)
When deciding on a place, take into consideration all the factors that you and your roomies deemed important- the goal is to try to maximize happiness for the cheapest price :D Also, try ranking your apartment preferences from “YAYAY THIS IS DA BOMB DIGGITY” to “OKAY NOT THE BEST BUT I’LL TAKE IT.” That way, in case your favourite location has been taken, you always have a back-up!
5) YAYAYAY YOU HAVE AN APARTMENT
Once you decide on a location that you’re interested in leasing, contact the landlord ASAP and express interest. If your most preferred location has been taken, move on to your second preferred location. Although you may not get your first choice, you’re definitely bound to find something within your top 3. Once you’ve locked in a location, head on over to sign your lease and then YAYAYAY YOU HAVE YOUR FISRT APARTMENT!
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While I’ve found these steps to work in the past for my apartment hunting, obvs I’m not an expert on the topic and there are a bunch of professional resources out there with great apartment hunting suggestions. Definitely check out https://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/offcampus for their incredible resources, such as their Off-Campus Housing Survival Guide.
Of course, if you ever have any questions feel free to holla @ me!