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  • Off-Campus Housing: Deciding your next steps

  • Deciding your needs

    The goal of this session is to help you create an action plan so you can find the housing that suits your needs.

    Planning your next steps

  • Determine your needs

  • - Safety (Feeling comfortable in the unit, the building & the neighbourhood)- Affordability - Proximity to campus- Living among other Ryerson students- Convenience factors (e.g. meal plans, in-building laundry)- Others…?

    What are your priorities?

  • What should you budget for?

    Room (in shared house) $750+/month

    Bachelor $900-$1,200/month

    1 bedroom apartment $1,100-$1,800/month

    2 bedroom* $1,600-$2,600/month

    3 bedroom* $2,500-$4,000/month

    Hydro $35-55/month depending on electricity usage (lighting, heat, appliances).

    Water $20-40/month depending on water usage (faucet/shower use, washing machine, toilet flushing, etc.)

    Internet $35-70/month depending on plan

    *Price is total for all bedrooms; may be divided among roommates

    Insurance $12-30/month depending on provider

    Other living costs include books & supplies, local transportation,

    and entertainment.

    Be realistic and reasonable!

    Groceries $40-$100/week or $300/month (varies by person)

  • What type of housing do you want?

    Entire house

    Room in a shared house

    Condo or traditional apartment building

    Student-housing building

    Basement apartment in a house

  • What type of housing do you want?

    Entire house

    Room in a shared house

    Condo or traditional apartment building

    Student-housing building

    Basement apartment in a house

  • Student-housing buildings

    ● Not Ryerson properties

    ● House many Ryerson students including international students

    ● Safe, comfortable, and compliant with tenant law

    ● 8-month or 12-month leases

    ● Combines most of your housing costs into single-payments; usually paid in installments

    ● Prices vary but are typical of Toronto

    ● Offer differing amenities (meal plans, kitchens, study space, etc.)

    ● They are filling up quickly

    ● You will likely have a roommate but lifestyles / profiles are considered

    ● You can sublet out your unit during the summer

    What do you need to know?

    - Campus Common- Parkside- CampusOne

  • Understanding the various options…

    • Fully booked.

    20+ students waitlisted

    for each room type

    • Rent is slightly below

    market rate

    • 90% Ryerson students

    • 12-month leases only

    • Apartment-style w/

    roommate matching

    • No meal plan

    • September 4th move-in

    • Rooms available

    • Total cost is comparable

    to Ryerson residence

    • 60% Ryerson students

    • 8 + 12-month leases

    • Residence-style w/

    roommate matching

    • Required meal plan

    • September 1st move-in

    August 26th early move-in (you must email with a formal

    request to move in by the early

    date; first come-first serve)

    • Rooms available

    • Total cost is comparable

    to Ryerson residence

    • 25% Ryerson students

    • 12-month leases only

    3 months free this year

    • Residence-style w/

    roommate matching

    • Required meal plan

    • August 26th move-in

    Campus Common Parkside CampusOne

  • What type of housing do you want?

    Entire house

    Room in a shared house

    Condo or traditional apartment building

    Student-housing building

    Basement apartment in a house

  • Timeline: Find A Place to Live

    Determine your needsHousing type, neighbourhood,

    budget, guarantor, roommates

    Find roommatesCheck out

    Places4Students’

    Roommate Finder

    Search for housingContact student-housing

    buildings, work with a realtor, or

    use Places4Students’ housing

    listing service

    Set up viewingsContact the landlord/property

    manager to make an

    appointment to view the unit

    Submit rental application(s)Formally place an offer to rent the

    unit by completing the rental

    application form

    Sign a leaseLegally commit in writing to

    the terms of your rental

    agreement

    Move in!

  • Find roommates

  • How doyou find potential roommates?

    ● Use the Places4Students Roommate Finder to post your profile and connect with others ○ Check out the Off-Campus website for tips on writing

    a great roommate profile○ These could be people who are also looking for

    places, or it could be people who already have a place and are looking to fill an empty bedroom.

    ● Meet your community! ○ Your new roommate might even be in this room○ Use social media groups and pages wisely

    ● Connect through your network○ Friends of friends, your old high school, etc.

  • Before agreeing to be roommates...

    Figure out if you’re a good fit

    Once you have decided to be roommates...

    Agree to a plan for successful living

    How doyou find the RIGHT roommates?

  • Prepare for your rental application(s)

  • How do you prepare for a

    rental application?

    Preparation begins even before searching!

    1. A confirmed guarantor /

    plan to pay rent

    2. Cheque(s) for first & last

    month’s rent

    3. References

    4. Credit report (Equifax)

  • Search for apartments

  • When should you begin

    searching?

    44 - 60 days before you want to move in.

    Sept 1st move-in?Start searching in July!

  • Where do you start looking?

    If you live off-campus, you can still choose to get a Ryerson Community Meal Plan.

  • How to de-stress the search

    Treat your housing search like a job searchBe persistentBe flexibleUnderstand the process and be prepared!

    Avoid scamsVerifyKeep your cash closeCheck the place outUnderstand the marketKeep your guard up

  • Set up viewings

  • Contact landlords by email or phone to request to view the

    unit in person.

    1. Be professional and mature

    2. Provide your availability and plan to be flexible

    3. Be prepared to apply for the unit immediately after the

    viewing

    Bring our Master Apartment

    Viewing Checklist to cover all

    the essentials while viewing a

    place

    If you like the unit, follow up

    by sending the landlord our

    Landlord Q&A to them to

    complete.

    How doyou set up a viewing?

  • Sign a lease

  • Off-Campus Housing OfficeThe Off-Campus Housing Office is here to support you in your search for a place to live off-campus.

    Services we offer include:

    • Connections to Places4Students and other important off-campus living services

    • Suggestions for how to search effectively and secure a place to live

    • Resources for doing viewings, signing leases, and living with roommates

    • Helping you understand your rights & responsibilities as a tenant

    Connect by email at [email protected] or attend drop-in hours in PIT-110 as posted on our website:

    ryerson.ca/housing/off-campus

    You can also download all the resources referenced in this session from our website!

    mailto:[email protected]