Class council holds workshops for finding apartments

by Allison Hagan / Beacon Staff • November 11, 2015

Arianna Conte is the class of 2018 senator.
Arianna Conte is the class of 2018 senator.

The Class of 2018 Council is holding a series of five workshops to educate rising juniors and other students on finding off-campus housing.

Samuel Chase, class of 2018 president, said the program will run throughout the fall and spring semesters to inform students about finding and living in off-campus apartments.

The first event will be in the common room on the fifth floor of Colonial on Nov. 19 and will include general information about how to start looking for an apartment. There will also be a panel featuring students who had to find an apartment while studying abroad and those who live outside downtown Boston, like Allston and Brookline.

Chase, a visual and media arts major, said they chose common rooms for the series because the class council wanted to bring this event to the students, rather than have the students come to them.

“This series is here for them,” Arianna Conte, class of 2018 senator, said. “If there’s information they want, we want to make it accessible.”

The second, scheduled for Dec. 9, will focus on money management with an emphasis on how to talk about financial standings with potential roommates. It will be held in the common room on the 13th floor of Piano Row.

The last three workshops don’t have definite dates yet, but will take place during the spring semester.

The third event will be similar to the first, geared toward people coming back from studying abroad. The fourth will revisit difficult conversations, this time focusing on personal habits.  

“You need to know about yourself before you can start living with other people,” Chase said.

The last will be about making smart choices while apartment hunting, including the responsibilities of signing a lease and rights as a tenant.

Amanda Turnley, senior associate director of the office of housing and residence life, provided information to the organizers on what would be helpful to students.  

“The earlier you can start that process, the more you can think through it and get the information you need,” Turnley said. “The longer you wait, the harder things become.”

Further information will be posted in the Class of 2018 Facebook group and around campus, according to Chase.  

“It will be very unfortunate if you don’t think about an apartment until the last second. Things will not go well,” Chase said. “It’s important to educate yourself and that’s what we’re here to do.”

News Editor Laura King, a friend of Chase and Conte, did not edit this article.