Some call it “adulting,” some call it “frightening,” but most would agree signing a lease is one of the ﬁrst grown-up things you can do as a college student. This guide explains the steps in landing an oﬀ-campus pad.
House or apartment? Use our housing guide (ballstatedaily.com/roost) to get an idea of the prices and properties available in Muncie.
How many people? Figure out who your roommates are and how many bedrooms you’re looking for.
Take a walk
Take a little tour around Muncie and see what properties have a “For Rent” sign. Most also list the number of bedrooms.
Ask for a showing
Contact the landlord and let them know you’re interested. They’ll let you take a look at the inside of the property.
Ask your friends
Ask the landlord or apartment complex for references to ﬁnd out what living there is really like. Go back when the landlord isn’t there and ask residents about their experiences there.
Ask a ton of questions
Be like a parent at orientation. Ask about utilities, parking, maintenance, damage payments, landlord contact info, summer subleasing, nails in the wall ... everything.
Read the lease
Ask a parent or friend to read the lease, too. Make sure to address any questions with the landlord or complex before signing.
Sign the lease
Most places will require you to make a down payment (typically ﬁrst month’s rent) when you sign. It’s helpful to have all roommates present when signing.
Move in/Set up utilities
Your lease will include a move-in date. If it’s a house, you will likely need to call the utility companies before moving in so everything is ready for your arrival.