Volume 95, Issue 46

Thursday, November 22, 2001
 
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CAMPUS AND CULTURE

The Gazette's ultimate student survival guide

Protection from vampires

Talking like a jazz man

Eating right

Finding the house of your dreams

Buying a crazy pet

Surfing the bookstacks

Saving your money

Be just like Psychic Bob

Rolling a big phatty

Finding the house of your dreams

Whether you are moving out of residence or into a new place, there are a few things you should know before the big move:

1. Choose your roommates wisely. Lifestyle is a big factor in compatibility. Are you clean, messy or dirty? Do you party all night or study? Are you loud or do you prefer quiet space?

2. Choose a price range. "The next step is to decide on a budget, what you would like in a place, what you want included in the rent and how much everyone can afford," said Glenn Matthews, Western's Housing Mediation Officer. The rent can be cheaper if utilities are not included, while noting having utilities included in the rent can eliminate some roommate anxiety, he said.


3. Choose the location that's right for you. Decide if you want to live close to the bars or close to campus. Decide if you want a house or an apartment and whether you want to live in a student neighbourhood or not.


4. Shop around. "You should look at at least five places, note what you like, what you want and what you don't," Matthews said.


5. Talk to the current tenants without the landlord present. "Ask how the neighborhood is, what the place is like in the winter and how fast things are repaired if there is a problem," Matthews explained. In addition, feel free to do a reference check on the landlord.


Finally, here are some good places to start your search:

www.uwo.ca/hfs/housing/offcamp/index.htm

www.londonprop.com

www.studenthousing.net


–Kasia Sarnecki


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