1. Use the Housing Locator to look for apartments, condos, and room rentals with exactly what you are looking for! Housing options can be filtered by price, distance from campus, etc. This website also can tell you if an apartment complex is international student friendly. PennState has a great glossary of common housing terms that will help you along the way.
2. Find roommates on the Housing Locator website. This safe, secure website is only available to George Mason University students, staff, and faculty.
3. Beware of websites like Craigslist that are open to the public. For safety reasons, you may also want to bring a friend when you are visiting apartments. If an apartment looks too good to be true, it probably is.
4. Parking and transportation can be a challenge in Northern Virginia. If you do not have a car, look for a place to live close to public transportation. Be sure to look at Mason Shuttle stops and the Metro for more information. If you will be using Mason shuttles, make sure your class schedule fits with the shuttle schedule you will be using.
5. If you are planning on driving in Virginia, please know the applicable laws and regulations. These can be found here.
6. CORT furniture rental is a strong supporter of Off-Campus Student Programs and Services at George Mason University. They offer international student furniture rentals and services to help international students settle into the U.S.
7. Be prepared to pay the first month’s rent and security deposit, which is often equal to a whole month’s rent. If you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number or credit history, the security deposit may be larger. You may also need to pay deposits for utilities, such as telephone and electricity. If you are asked to pay too much more than this, beware! You can get legal advice here.