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Mastering Off-Campus Property Viewings

Mar 9, 2024

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Navigating property viewings and inspections is probably the most time-consuming step in securing your ideal off-campus accommodation. Here’s how you can tackle each step effectively.

  1. Scheduling Conflicts

Why It's a Big Deal: Balancing academics, part-time jobs, and social life is already a juggling act. Adding property viewings to the mix? That requires some serious time-management skills. Most viewings happen on weekends, which can clash with your downtime or study sessions, so consider scheduling on afternoons after classes. 

Making It Happen: Prioritize and plan. Use digital calendars to block out viewing times, coordinating with your study schedule and other commitments. Consider group viewings with potential roommates to save time and hesitation.

  1. Knowing What to Look For

Why You Should Care: First-time renting can feel like taking a test you didn't study for. Overlooking crucial details during viewings can lead to future headaches, from leaky faucets to noisy neighbors. According to a survey by Apartment List, 62% of renters have experienced unexpected maintenance issues within the first year. 

Ace the Inspection: Arm yourself with a checklist of what to inspect – think water pressure, natural light, storage space, and security features. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Remember, no query is too small when it comes to where you'll be living.

  1. Pressure to Commit

The Real Talk: In a high-demand market, the pressure to sign on the dotted line can be intense. Rushed decisions might lead to overlooking potential deal-breakers or agreeing to unfavorable lease terms. 

Keeping Your Cool: It's okay to take a step back and evaluate your options. Communicate clearly with landlords about needing time to decide, and don't let the fear of missing out cloud your judgment. But ensure that your wait time doesn't cause you to miss out on a place that checks all the necessities.

  1. Effective Communication with Landlords

Why: Clear and respectful communication with potential landlords is not just about making a good impression; it's crucial for fostering a positive relationship right from the start. Remembering that landlords are looking for reliable tenants, showing that you value and respect their time during viewings can distinguish you from other applicants.

Mastering the Art: Always be punctual for property viewings and let the landlord know in advance if you're running late or need to reschedule. Prepare a list of questions beforehand to make the most of the viewing time, covering aspects like lease terms, maintenance requests, and any property-specific rules. After the viewing, express your appreciation for the landlord's time with a brief thank-you message, which can also serve as a gentle reminder of your interest in the property. This level of professionalism not only demonstrates your reliability as a potential tenant but also helps build a foundation of mutual respect, potentially making your application more favorable.

  1. Remote Viewing Challenges

Importance: For international students or those not currently in town, the reality is that remote viewings might be your primary option. While virtual tours can give you a glimpse, they might not capture the full essence or potential issues of the property, making it harder to commit with confidence. A significant challenge here is the possibility of needing to send an application without having stepped foot inside the property.

How to Go About It: Maximize the potential of technology to bridge the gap.  On our app, you have the flexibility to submit rental applications even without a physical viewing, streamlining the process for those unable to visit in person. If a remote video tour is possible, this interaction will give you the chance to ask immediate questions.

However, it's crucial to gather as much information as possible before applying. If feasible, consider asking a local contact to visit the property on your behalf, offering another layer of reassurance before you make your decision. Always ensure you're comfortable and fully informed before proceeding with an application, leveraging the tools and resources available to make the best choice for your living situation.

And there you have it – making sure you know your landlord and the property will set you up to send your application with peace of mind. Ready to turn the key and start this new chapter? Your ideal home awaits, no treasure map needed.




Navigating property viewings and inspections is probably the most time-consuming step in securing your ideal off-campus accommodation. Here’s how you can tackle each step effectively.

  1. Scheduling Conflicts

Why It's a Big Deal: Balancing academics, part-time jobs, and social life is already a juggling act. Adding property viewings to the mix? That requires some serious time-management skills. Most viewings happen on weekends, which can clash with your downtime or study sessions, so consider scheduling on afternoons after classes. 

Making It Happen: Prioritize and plan. Use digital calendars to block out viewing times, coordinating with your study schedule and other commitments. Consider group viewings with potential roommates to save time and hesitation.

  1. Knowing What to Look For

Why You Should Care: First-time renting can feel like taking a test you didn't study for. Overlooking crucial details during viewings can lead to future headaches, from leaky faucets to noisy neighbors. According to a survey by Apartment List, 62% of renters have experienced unexpected maintenance issues within the first year. 

Ace the Inspection: Arm yourself with a checklist of what to inspect – think water pressure, natural light, storage space, and security features. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Remember, no query is too small when it comes to where you'll be living.

  1. Pressure to Commit

The Real Talk: In a high-demand market, the pressure to sign on the dotted line can be intense. Rushed decisions might lead to overlooking potential deal-breakers or agreeing to unfavorable lease terms. 

Keeping Your Cool: It's okay to take a step back and evaluate your options. Communicate clearly with landlords about needing time to decide, and don't let the fear of missing out cloud your judgment. But ensure that your wait time doesn't cause you to miss out on a place that checks all the necessities.

  1. Effective Communication with Landlords

Why: Clear and respectful communication with potential landlords is not just about making a good impression; it's crucial for fostering a positive relationship right from the start. Remembering that landlords are looking for reliable tenants, showing that you value and respect their time during viewings can distinguish you from other applicants.

Mastering the Art: Always be punctual for property viewings and let the landlord know in advance if you're running late or need to reschedule. Prepare a list of questions beforehand to make the most of the viewing time, covering aspects like lease terms, maintenance requests, and any property-specific rules. After the viewing, express your appreciation for the landlord's time with a brief thank-you message, which can also serve as a gentle reminder of your interest in the property. This level of professionalism not only demonstrates your reliability as a potential tenant but also helps build a foundation of mutual respect, potentially making your application more favorable.

  1. Remote Viewing Challenges

Importance: For international students or those not currently in town, the reality is that remote viewings might be your primary option. While virtual tours can give you a glimpse, they might not capture the full essence or potential issues of the property, making it harder to commit with confidence. A significant challenge here is the possibility of needing to send an application without having stepped foot inside the property.

How to Go About It: Maximize the potential of technology to bridge the gap.  On our app, you have the flexibility to submit rental applications even without a physical viewing, streamlining the process for those unable to visit in person. If a remote video tour is possible, this interaction will give you the chance to ask immediate questions.

However, it's crucial to gather as much information as possible before applying. If feasible, consider asking a local contact to visit the property on your behalf, offering another layer of reassurance before you make your decision. Always ensure you're comfortable and fully informed before proceeding with an application, leveraging the tools and resources available to make the best choice for your living situation.

And there you have it – making sure you know your landlord and the property will set you up to send your application with peace of mind. Ready to turn the key and start this new chapter? Your ideal home awaits, no treasure map needed.




Navigating property viewings and inspections is probably the most time-consuming step in securing your ideal off-campus accommodation. Here’s how you can tackle each step effectively.

  1. Scheduling Conflicts

Why It's a Big Deal: Balancing academics, part-time jobs, and social life is already a juggling act. Adding property viewings to the mix? That requires some serious time-management skills. Most viewings happen on weekends, which can clash with your downtime or study sessions, so consider scheduling on afternoons after classes. 

Making It Happen: Prioritize and plan. Use digital calendars to block out viewing times, coordinating with your study schedule and other commitments. Consider group viewings with potential roommates to save time and hesitation.

  1. Knowing What to Look For

Why You Should Care: First-time renting can feel like taking a test you didn't study for. Overlooking crucial details during viewings can lead to future headaches, from leaky faucets to noisy neighbors. According to a survey by Apartment List, 62% of renters have experienced unexpected maintenance issues within the first year. 

Ace the Inspection: Arm yourself with a checklist of what to inspect – think water pressure, natural light, storage space, and security features. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Remember, no query is too small when it comes to where you'll be living.

  1. Pressure to Commit

The Real Talk: In a high-demand market, the pressure to sign on the dotted line can be intense. Rushed decisions might lead to overlooking potential deal-breakers or agreeing to unfavorable lease terms. 

Keeping Your Cool: It's okay to take a step back and evaluate your options. Communicate clearly with landlords about needing time to decide, and don't let the fear of missing out cloud your judgment. But ensure that your wait time doesn't cause you to miss out on a place that checks all the necessities.

  1. Effective Communication with Landlords

Why: Clear and respectful communication with potential landlords is not just about making a good impression; it's crucial for fostering a positive relationship right from the start. Remembering that landlords are looking for reliable tenants, showing that you value and respect their time during viewings can distinguish you from other applicants.

Mastering the Art: Always be punctual for property viewings and let the landlord know in advance if you're running late or need to reschedule. Prepare a list of questions beforehand to make the most of the viewing time, covering aspects like lease terms, maintenance requests, and any property-specific rules. After the viewing, express your appreciation for the landlord's time with a brief thank-you message, which can also serve as a gentle reminder of your interest in the property. This level of professionalism not only demonstrates your reliability as a potential tenant but also helps build a foundation of mutual respect, potentially making your application more favorable.

  1. Remote Viewing Challenges

Importance: For international students or those not currently in town, the reality is that remote viewings might be your primary option. While virtual tours can give you a glimpse, they might not capture the full essence or potential issues of the property, making it harder to commit with confidence. A significant challenge here is the possibility of needing to send an application without having stepped foot inside the property.

How to Go About It: Maximize the potential of technology to bridge the gap.  On our app, you have the flexibility to submit rental applications even without a physical viewing, streamlining the process for those unable to visit in person. If a remote video tour is possible, this interaction will give you the chance to ask immediate questions.

However, it's crucial to gather as much information as possible before applying. If feasible, consider asking a local contact to visit the property on your behalf, offering another layer of reassurance before you make your decision. Always ensure you're comfortable and fully informed before proceeding with an application, leveraging the tools and resources available to make the best choice for your living situation.

And there you have it – making sure you know your landlord and the property will set you up to send your application with peace of mind. Ready to turn the key and start this new chapter? Your ideal home awaits, no treasure map needed.