> Monday, May 30, 2011 > News > From Residence to roommatesFrom Residence to roommatesJaymin ProulxInterrobangClick here to read more Interrobang articles written by Jaymin ProulxPublished: Monday, May 30, 2011When the last day of exams is over, initial feelings of excitement and relief mix together. However, the next underlying worry is pressure to find accommodationin the summer or fall.Fanshawe operates The Off-Campus Housing Service in F2010. They have copies of the Renting in London guide available at the office, and have posted it online atwww.fanshawec.ca/housing.What can I afford?Renting in London suggests you need to know how much rent you can afford and when your income will be available (i.e. summer income, OSAP, bursaries, parttime income or any time of government assistance). Rent for apartments can include utilities (heater, hydro, water, telephone, cable, and internet) or the utilities can be added on top of the rent for the month. In, an "inclusive" rent, you can use as much water and electricity as you want for a flat amount that does not change month to month.Glenn Matthews, Housing Mediation Officer for Fanshawe and U.W.O. students, reassured students who fear they will not be able to find a place to live. "London has one of the highest vacancy rates in the province, so there are a lot of houses available in the city. Houses closest to Fanshawe will be more expensive and the first to go. There is a premium for houses closest to school."Rental rates vary depending on the size and location of the residence. "Most bachelor apartments are $535 inclusive; a one-bedroom is $650 plus utilities; and atwo-bedroom apartment is $940 plus utilities. Living in a two-bedroom house will be cheaper than living in a one-bedroom apartment because you are sharing theutilities," Matthews added.Should I live with roommates?Living with roommates can be rewarding, but you need to discuss potential problems with your roommates before they occur. Set out guidelines: who washes the dishes each night, who cleans the bathroom each weekend or who will manage the bills each month. It's also important to discuss other rental aspects like chores, personal property, privacy, etc. Communication and respect are important when youlive with people and to prevent fights or court battles over unpaid bills.Matthews has been very involved with helping students solve housing disputes, especially issues involving money, guests or personal property.What am I looking for in accomodations?Newspapers like the London Free Press or Metro are good sources for apartment listings. Websites like kijiji, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace are great for students looking for roommates.When looking for a place to live, visit the area and think about the buses you will take to get to school. If you will have a vehicle, think about how much timeare you willing to drive back and forth.