You may really appreciate the
independence of living off campus. In some instances, you can actually save
money living off-campus by sharing costs with a roommate.
When choosing an apartment or house you need to be very careful. Make sure
you arrive well before classes start so you won't feel rushed into making a
decision. There are a lot of considerations to think about, cost, proximity to campus,
and safety. Safety is a big issue. Is the property well lighted? Are there adequate locks on the
windows and doors? I'm not trying to make you paranoid but there isn't a campus
security system on your apartment building.
Your international student office may have information about
temporary housing that you can stay in while you look for your new home. They
may even be able to help you in locating off-campus
housing. Some colleges and universities maintain a list of nearby apartments
that are available. And sometimes even can provide you with the names of others who are seeking roommates.
Most off-campus facilities will come unfurnished when you rent them. They
will usually have appliances like a stove and refrigerator but you'll have to
ask your future landlord for specific details.