• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Class of 2017
    Hudson, WI
    Biology and Spanish

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    Communications

    Semaj Moore

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    Communication Major, Film Concentration

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    Social Work

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    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Class of 2017
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    English

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    Accounting and Finance

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    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Senior
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Apartment hunting? Helpful Tips

Well, the on-campus housing contracts are in.  If you weren’t one of the students to submit one, chances are you are planning to live off-campus next year (and hopefully know with whom you want to live with).  Now it is time to begin your hunt for the perfect, and college student affordable, pad for the upcoming semester.  For many, this process is completely foreign, while for others this is just the typical year-to-year deal.  However, for those of you who would like a few guiding tips from someone who has done it, here they are:

  1. When starting to look for places to view, check out websites such as Craigslist, duluthrentals.com, and apartmentshq.  These sites will give you a good idea of what is available to you in your price range and what to expect in terms of lease periods. 
  2. If you decide to inquire about the apartments or houses you find on websites, be sure to reply promptly (as these places can sometimes get dozens of inquiries a day from other individuals seeking a place).  Also, never give out any personal information (last name, phone number, residence) via indirect emails.  Take the proper precautions to ensure your safety.
  3. Once you find a location worth checking out, scan the area to look for the listed address (to make sure it exists) and also to get a feel for the neighborhood.  If it looks rough or unsafe, skip it and look somewhere else.
  4. Arrive on time for housing tours and previews that you set up.  If a perspective landlord is given the impression that you don’t care or have little responsibility, they won’t want you to live on their property.
  5. Scan the house/apartment for problems.  Don’t waltz through your tour of the place without checking out the necessities.  Does the door lock properly?  Is the flooring in good condition and free from creaks/cracks/loose boards?  Do the sink(s), toilet, and electrical appliances work as they should?  Are there phone jacks, television inputs, and grounded outlets?  Do the windows close and lock securely?
  6. Read through your lease agreement thoroughly.  Make sure the terms are abidable and fair, and that you aren’t getting conned into paying for something that you shouldn’t.  Check whether pets, smoking, parties, etc are allowed prior to signing.
  7. Stay on good terms.  Check up with your landlord periodically before moving in to make sure that your place will be ready to go for your lease start date.  Ensure that they receive all necessary payments prior to your move-in.

Good luck and happy hunting!

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