May 1, 2016

How To Find A Summer Sublease

I cannot remember the last time that I have lived in the same city for a solid year. I live primarily in NYC these days, and have for almost two years now, but there's always a month here, two months there...

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...you get the idea. As such, I now consider myself somewhat of an old hat at finding subleases, especially in busy cities like Boston and NYC.

The first time I looked for a sublease, no less in NYC, it felt like falling into an internet pit of inflated rents, stock photos, and poorly written descriptions.

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Don't worry, it's not really so scary! I just found my summer sublease in Boston 1.5 weeks ago and I'll be moving back up for the season in just 2 weeks. Yay!

Read on for the best places to look for subleases, whether you're budget-minded or more concerned with amenities.
Your own social network - facebook, LinkedIn, email lists

Craigslist

I know it has the whole 'creep from Craigslist' and 'Craigslist killer' reputation...

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...but I've actually found most of my apartments, or at least nearly half, through Craigslist. I've been completely satisfied with all of the apartments that I've subleased through Craigslist and have only had one unpleasant roommate experience (and even that wasn't a terrifying nightmare - just hard partiers who smoked pot in the apartment, got really trashed, and forgot when they drunk vomited all over the bathroom).




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Craigslist also seems to always have a way of reminding me of how small the world really is - I have inquired about rooms being sublet by former classmates, peers from high school, RA's, and more!

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I think I've just had very odd luck, but it's still always crazy when I get a response from an anonymous Craigslist roommate listing and it's someone I know in real life.

ULoop

I'm very hesitant to recommend this one, because I've never gotten a solid lead from the site and most often there's no response in reply to inquiries about listings. Still, if you need a room near a university and other sources are running shallow, there's no harm in taking a look at ULoop.

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Just don't get your hopes up!

rotatingroom.com

This one is best for medical students on rotation - unsurprisingly, because that's what it's intended for. If you're not doing a medical rotation but still need to be near a hospital for some reason, whether it's a job, contracted project, internship, or anything else, it's still worth checking out. It's not exclusively for medical students and you don't need university affiliation to view the listings.


This is likely the most expensive option, considering that hosts tend to jack up their prices like that room they're subleasing is a room at a real bed and breakfast hotel and not just an apartment room. When you add on AirBnB's service fee, you can easily find yourself looking at $4,000+ per month for one room. Possibly even in a shared apartment!

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That's ridiculous.

On the other hand, AirBnB gives you clean, quality stays with approved hosts, so you don't have to worry about the sketchy roommate situations of subleases found through other means. Since you review your stay at the end, your hosts are also more likely to be friendly, helpful, considerate roommates than that rando from Craigslist.

Honestly, I'm a fan of AirBnB as a homier, and often cheaper, option than a hotel in expensive big cities if you're just visiting for a few days or tops a week (use this link to get $20 off your first stay). But I simply can't justify spending $4,000+ on a room with a reasonable market rate of $1,500. It's just absurd to me and, for those subleasing in the context of an internship or school, really financially impractical. 

How often do you move?

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