Finding short-term housing after graduation
"It seems like there’s a gap from when you finish college to when you get to your career that you’ve been working for through college. I lived with some friends of mine for a couple of months before I got my first job. It helped me until I could move into my own place."
If you don’t have a job, you may wish to find short-term housing. This will allow you flexibility rather than locking you into a lease. For short-term housing options, consider the following:
- Living with friends or family. Friends or family may be willing to put you up for a while as you look for employment. Always offer to pay rent and utilities, to make it a win-win situation. Be sure to cover your living costs (such as groceries and household items), and uphold your agreement regarding the time of your stay. If you're a good roommate and don't wear out your welcome, this option can be helpful for you in a pinch.
- Month-to-month rentals. If you are unsure about how long you will occupy the rental unit, a month-to-month lease may be the best option. With a month-to-month lease, you agree to rent for a month at a time. Usually the lease renews automatically—unless it is canceled by you or your landlord (normally with one month's notice).
- Work-exchange rentals. Another short-term housing option involves providing a service in exchange for room and board. For instance, you may agree to provide babysitting services in exchange for room and board in a family's home. Work-exchange rentals can be like the equivalent of a part-time job.