Housing Information for J-1 Exchange Visitors

 

On campus housing

E.S. King Village is a great on-campus housing facility for students and scholars with families:http://housing.ncsu.edu/es-king-village-guest-apartments

Guest Apartments: http://housing.ncsu.edu/guest-housing

Off campus housing

Raleigh is a rapidly developing city and securing affordable off campus housing may be a challenge due to the current demand and expense of rental units. Therefore it is important to try and secure accommodations as early as possible. You can consult with Departmental Ambassadors and students from your home country for advice on apartments. Some student organizations at NC State have Facebook pages where available housing is posted.

Off-campus housing options include: (a) rooms in private residences, (b) apartments which can be rented by oneself or (c) apartments shared by 2 to 4 students depending on the leasing options of the apartment complex.

It is reasonable to expect off-campus housing to cost between $250 to $800 per month, depending on the number of people sharing the expenses which include monthly rent and utilities (water, sewer, electricity, gas, internet, etc.). A signed lease (contract) and a security deposit, usually one month’s rent, is also required for most off-campus housing.

Tips to Avoid Off-Campus Housing Scams

  • Never make a housing deposit or give out your financial information (bank account number, credit card information, etc.) prior to seeing the property in person.
  • Never send money via wire transfer to a person offering housing. No legitimate property management company will ever ask you to wire money to them for an application fee, security deposit, or rent.
  • Keep in mind that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Check comparable apartment listings to find the average cost of rent. Unusually low-priced apartments are also red flags for scams.
  • Review the information on the Federal Trade Commission’s website for more tips to avoid scams.

 

HELPFUL TIPS

Make sure to read the lease carefully before you sign it. If there is language that you do not understand, consult a friend or attorney to explain everything before you sign the document. Always keep a copy of the lease. Please also take a look at this website for more information about leases and what to look out for: http://studentlegal.dasa.ncsu.edu/landlord-and-tenant-information.

Make sure all arrangements you make are in writing – do not accept only verbal agreements.

When you move into an apartment make a list of damages that were there when you arrived (or make photographs). Give a copy of this list (with photographs) to your landlord and keep a copy for yourself. This should prevent you from being charged for damages to the apartment that were already there when you arrived.

When moving out of the apartment, you have to give your landlord written notice of your plans to move. Usually you must do this 30 or 60 days in advance (sometime more, check your lease). It is very important to read the lease and follow the instructions on the lease so that you are not overcharged before you leave.