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What kind of rental unit do you want to live in?

  • Studio, 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-bedroom apartment
  • Apartment in a private home
  • Room in a shared or private home

What are your transportation needs?

  • Within walking distance
  • On a Gallaudet shuttle route
  • On a Metro bus/rail route
  • Using carpool or vanpool
  • Near a shopping center or job site

What amenities are essential?

  • Furnished or unfurnished?
  • Accessibility
  • Private room
  • Private bathroom
  • Smoking or non-smoking?
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer and dryer in the unit
  • Air conditioning
    • Window unit or central air?
  • Parking
    • On-street or off-street?
  • Pets

What is your budget?

  • Sharing with others will lower your housing costs
  • Rooms in a student or private house tend to be least expensive
  • Do you need/want to buy furniture?
  • Don’t forget to include utilities and other charges when working out how much you can afford to spend on rent

How long do you want to lease the unit?

  • Longer leases reduce your flexibility but offer a degree of legal protection.
  • Rooms that don’t carry a lease offer maximum flexibility, but you may find you are asked to move out with little or no notice

Housing Search

  • Make sure you visit the unit before signing any rental agreement
  • Consider asking the landlord to write any required repairs into the lease
  • Check the security of the unit
  • Check the fire safety of the unit and emergency exit routes (a smoke detector is required by law)
  • Arrange for internet service and utilities to be connected and ready when you move in

After You Move In

  • Complete a thorough inventory of the unit, and give a copy to your landlord.
  • Make sure you buy renters insurance.
  • Consider buying additional fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguisher and fire blankets etc.
  • Always get a written or emailed receipt for your rent.

Contact Us

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Ely Center 103

(202) 510-9594

(202) 651-5144

(202) 651-5651

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