It's Not Too Early: Tips for Finding Housing for Your Summer Internship

By Kaitlin Hurtado on April 8, 2022

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Finding housing during your college years can be a stressful ordeal in itself, but finding housing for a summer internship can bring an entirely different level of stress into your life. Your summer internship is like going to be in a location you are unfamiliar with, have little to no friends or family to rely on, and require a short-term lease as you are likely not going to be staying for longer than a few months. It is never too early to start looking for housing for your summer internship. As soon as you get the confirmation for your summer internship, it’s best to get started on your hunt for housing to keep your search as stress-free as possible.

If you are lucky, your summer internship can come with housing options already on the table, but for many college students, it’s a search they will have to navigate on their own.

Keep reading for tips for finding housing for your summer internship!

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Ask your employer for any possible housing opportunities/funding 

While this tip may not be applicable for all internship opportunities, you can start your search for summer internship housing by asking your employer if there are housing options offered by the company, or any additional funding/scholarship opportunities to pay for your short-term housing as you complete your summer internship.

Connect with the local college student community 

While you are looking for short-term student housing in an unfamiliar city, college students that have their names on a year-long lease are living in that city looking for ways to get out of paying for rent for an apartment they aren’t going to see for a few months as they head back home for the summer. Lucky for you, you can connect with students that are looking for fellow students to live in their apartment and pay their share of the rent while they spend the few months of their summer break away.

Depending on the type of sublease agreement you decide on, you can get a fully-furnished apartment at a fraction of the cost as many college students prefer to leave their furniture behind rather than move it into storage for a short period of a few months. When you are subletting from students, you may also be more comfortable (and luckier) when it comes to negotiating, as students would rather have a smaller portion of their rent covered by you while they are away rather than having to cover the cost of rent on their own.

Find short-term housing on sublet sites and on Airbnb

Searching for short-terming housing, especially in an area where the housing market is fairly competitive, can be tough. With rental properties, leases tend to be signed for terms that vary from six months to one year. You will likely not get a lot of luck going through the traditional method of searching for an apartment, let alone having to deal with setting up all the things necessary for a new apartment, from utilities to furniture.

Airbnb, while known for being a go-to option for vacation stays, can be an option for your housing during your summer internship. Airbnb hosts can opt to rent out their properties for months at a time, rather than a few days to a week. If you are offering to rent for a longer period of time, like two to three months, you can negotiate discounted rates on rent. Airbnb will most often come fully furnished and give you one less thing to worry about during your summer internship.

Screen for possible scams

Unfortunately, not every housing opportunity you come across is going to be a real one or worth your while. If you are looking for rentals in an unfamiliar city online, be wary of scams advertising affordable short-term housing deals. If the city you are looking to temporarily move to has a large college student population, people may put out ads specifically aimed to scam naive college students with a deal that is too good to be true.

For example, if you are looking at a listing that just has a text description of everything about the property, but no pictures at all, you are more likely looking at a false ad for a property. If you are looking at a listing that boasts rent that is way below the typical rent for the area, you may be looking at a scam. If the landlord or property contact you are speaking to is rushing you into agreeing to rent the property or sending money way ahead of thorough discussions or move-in time, that is another red flag you will want to look for.

If you are looking into a deal that seems too good to be true or getting a bad feeling about the “landlord” you are speaking with, it’s best to move on and search elsewhere.

When you give yourself enough time to search for housing for your summer internship, you can give yourself the room to consider all your options and avoid the last-minute scramble for housing. When you decide where you are going to be living beforehand, you can prepare yourself to focus on having a successful summer internship.

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