Volume 95, Issue 66

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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In the ghetto: kids go home hunting

By Ben Leith
Gazette Staff

As January nears an end, students especially those in first-year are rushing to find living arrangements for next year and, in the process, are discovering the many pitfalls and factors to consider.

"Housing is a five-step process choosing a budget, deciding on your roommates, searching for houses, signing a lease and considering lifestyle aspects," said Glenn Matthews, Western's housing mediation officer.

"Make sure that you look at all of the costs involved, know what kind of legislation can affect you, talk to the current residents and even consider having your lease looked over by us or the legal clinic in the law faculty," Matthews advised.

"There has been an increase in prices directly around the university, with the average creeping over $400 a month. Keep in mind that a 10 minute bus ride can save you up to $100 a month on rent," he said.

"We are finding that students are wanting increasingly nicer places and there is less availability than last year," said Jason Sims, president of Absolute Real Estate Management Ltd.. Absolute has already rented double the number of spots they had last year at this time, he said.

Sims offered advice for dealing with prospective landlords.

"Be courteous and make sure that all communications are written, because most conflicts arise from emotional verbal communications. In written communications, you tend to think about it more," he said.

First-year science student Noah Wortsman said he has taken many of these measures and feels ready to sign a lease and move into a house with five other friends.

"We have the lease and have had it looked over by one of our dads who is a landlord as well," he said.

For students considering moving back into residence, they should act quickly, said Susan Grindrod, Western's associate vice-president of housing and ancillary services.

"There'll be about 400 spaces in residence for upper-year students next year and applications are almost due," she said.

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