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Marc Jacobs

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i'm going back to school for a semester.  The program requires that I move to the university during that time.  I will need a place from the last week of Aug to the third week of December.  Now, as you can imagine, there aren't many month-to-month opportunities--especially in a college town.  

I think I need to start thinking outside the box.  I know I can do a sublease, but it makes me nervous to wait until the time when sublease ads will start showing up in the classifieds/craigslist. 

Seeking:  1 bedroom apt or studio apt, furnished would be nice

Things I have already thought of:

- Look for apartment complex that does month-to-month

- Sublet/lease a place from someone

- Post a "housing wanted" ad on CraigsList

- Rent an apt for a year and sublet it (if allowed)

- Rent an apt for a year and break the lease (eek)

 

Any other ideas?



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Marc Jacobs

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If you don't mind saying, what town/college is it? Depending on where you are needing to move, it's totally doable to find a month-to-month, especially in a larger college-town, I think.

Have you actually contacted the college's housing office? You could always just live in a dorm for a semester. It would suck balls, but it might be the easiest solution. You could also just live in a longer-term hotel. My boyfriend's undergrad school required multiple internships so every other semester he was living in some random place around the country. He stayed in a motel in Denver once, and those shouldn't be too hard to find, again, depending on the town.

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It's in Kent, OH.  There is a part of me that wouldn't mind doing the dorms, but my husband will be coming to visit me a few times during the semester.  That won't work well, at all (twin bed, sharing a bathroom, he has to be escorted at all times, etc.).  

I did a marathon search yesterday online, and I finally decided to expand my search a few miles outside Kent.  I really wanted to live in town, walk to class, be a part of the community, but the living choices in town are dumpy or have to be shared or are unfurnished or require 12-month leases, etc.  I found some possibilities in Cuyahoga Falls.  It'll be a 20-min drive to campus, but that's ok.  I did that drive when I went to school there and worked at the mall many, many years ago.  

I know I'm being picky, but I'm used to living in a nice house, and my husband is quite particular.  

I have contacted the res life dept, and they said "oh you're going to have a tough time..."  Kent is behind when it comes to understanding that not everyone is an 18-year-old freshman member of a captive audience.

I also looked into doing the whole time at a long-term stay hotel, but they're priced at $75/night and not budging.  

Thanks for your questions and suggestions.



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Ugh, sorry to hear that your options are well, not really options. How the heck does Kent not have more options? Isn't it a relatively large college?

Anyway, I'm totally with you on the being picky thing. Once you are past 21 years old and are an "adult" there just no way I could deal with a crappy house and/or living situation, even for just one semester.



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Yeah - about 24,000. Thanks for trying tho!  :)



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I'm happy to hear about this! How exciting!

Certainly a month-to-month would be best under the circumstances. No matter what your living arrangements are, when hub comes to visit, you can/should get a hotel room. This would probably be more fun for you both! You can put up with a less than ideal living situation if you have a nice weekend in a hotel to look forward to.

If you have to break a lease, you should only obligated for the rent and advertising costs until the LL can replace you. If you find them a new tenant (who passes credit check etc.) then you really can't be penalized much. Worth checking on the laws in OH, anyway.

Professors might rent a room to you since you're an adult and a colleague. In faculty housing it may be prohibited, but who's gonna know? I had a professor who always had one or two students living in her house.

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Thanks, Suasoria!



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