Searching for a Good Fit
You have been thinking about off campus housing; you have figured out your living expenses (Budget Expense Form); you worked out your financial aid; and it is just impossible to live alone! What do you do?
MICA’s Residence Life & Off-Campus Housing Department suggests a couple options:
- Search Facebook for MICA Off Campus Housing. Here you will find other students also looking for an apartment-mate.
- You can also use craigslist.com or livebaltimore.com and search for an apartment where a roommate is being requested.
- You can also post your need for a roommate on these forums.
Most students find it financially essential to have a roommate. Whether you decide to live with a good friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger, it is important for all parties to agree to and sign a "Roommate Contract."
It is strongly suggested that roommates agree in writing to simple ground rules immediately upon moving in by using the Roommate Contract. Finances —especially utility bills — tend to cause problems among roommates. The lease should be in everyone's name but utilities can be placed in only one person’s name. Be sure to include your structure of payment with all cost relating to your apartment. When all conditions have been agreed upon, each roommate should sign and date the agreement to show a financial commitment.