Suggested Timeline Student Housing Checklist

3 Months Before You Start

  • Establish a date for your move to Hollywood, California.
  • Determine your individual monthly cost of living (e.g. rent, food, transportation).
  • Contact your Financial Aid Officer for details regarding how financial aid covers living expenses.
  • If looking for a roommate, contact the Housing Coordinator to place your name on the roommate list – AND – to receive the weekly email of other students looking for a roommate.

2 Months Before You Start

  • Make a few selections from the Apartment Guide provided by LAFS or LARS, or from your own search, and contact apartment managers to determine availability.
  • Make a roommate selection from the list given (if needed).

1 Month Before You Start

  • Contact your selected apartment/s to obtain rental application and other important information for your move.

    -Find out the exact amount you should expect to pay before moving in (deposits, 1st month’s rent, etc.).

    -Submit application and application fee directly to the apartment complex. Fees are per person and non-refundable paid at the time you apply for your apartment. Each person occupying the apartment should apply and pay fee separately. All applicants must qualify and meet the specific standards of the apartment complex. A co-signer or guarantor may be required by the apartment complex and will also need to apply separately. This requirement varies by apartment complex and is based on rental and credit history.

    – Note the type of lease you will be signing, i.e. yearly or month-to-month.

    – If you will have pets living with you, ask your apartment management about any additional fees you might be charged per month.

    – If you will be using public transportation, find out what bus/train services are available in the area near the apartment complex.

  • If your roommate selection was from the list provided by the school, contact the Housing Coordinator to notify the school of your roommate(s) and apartment selections, so that your name may be removed from the “still searching” list.
  • Contact the utility companies to arrange for electric, telephone, gas, water and cable service to be installed.
  • Begin collecting the personal belongings you will be taking to your new apartment (i.e. linens, pillows, alarm clock, etc.)
  • Inquire about renter’s insurance at your apartment complex.
  • We advise you to obtain renter’s insurance. If for any reason your personal belongings are damaged or stolen, most leases state that the apartment owners are not liable. Renter’s insurance is available through most insurance companies.
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    • On move-in day you should be prepared to show adequate identification, sign the lease, pay the security deposit (if you have not already done so) and pay the first month’s rent.