Sublease Season: Find Summer Housing Solutions

Sublease Season: Find Summer Housing Solutions


Summer is upon us in the 806. In a college town like Lubbock, summer can be a challenging time for renters. Tech students are going home before their lease ends or they need a short-term lease for summer classes. However, the summer renter’s dilemma affects more than students. Anyone going on a trip for a month or more may need to sublease their place for some extra cash.

How to find someone to sublease your place.

Start with friends and acquaintances. If possible, have someone that you are already comfortable with temporarily in your digs, you’ll probably feel better about it. If you want to reach friends, either text them or post in Facebook groups that you are a part of. In the interest of not having to recruit from the public, you should consider offering your friends a discounted rent or cover utility bills.

If you have to go public, you need a strategy.

The information you’ll need to include:

  1. Cost of rent and bills.
  2. Exact address
  3. Bathroom info (Are they sharing? Is there a bath and shower?)
  4. Technology information (Internet service provider, cable, streaming services, etc.)
  5. Roommate information: If you’re posting on social media go ahead and tag the social profiles of your roommates so that a potential subleaser can look into them. Nobody is willing to live with someone they haven’t thoroughly vetted online. For a print flyer, a short description of your roommates’ gender, age, and college major/occupation are sufficient. But, a cute roomie pic can be a selling point!
  6. Pictures of your bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen.

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Where should you send your message?

For social posts, any Facebook group or group chat you’re in are the best places to start. You have a direct tie to people in the group, so they’re more likely to read your post.

A great tool for Facebook is the ability to create selling group pages. For students in Lubbock, there are dozens of pages where items are sold and swapped. The two biggest examples being “TTU Yard Sale” and “TTU Sorority Yard Sale” which are great places to find subleasers.

There’s less competition on smaller group pages than on larger networking and selling sites, like Craigslist. The network social app Nextdoor may also be helpful, though it’s designed more for homeowners than renters.

If you go the printed flyer route, here are some places you should post.

  1. Tech Campus (We recommend Holden Hall, the Rawls College, and the College of Media & Communication.)
  2. J&B Coffee
  3. Sugar Brown’s
  4. Yellow House
  5. Local churches

How to find a sublease for the summer.

The informal rental market is in your favor. Most people are desperate to find a subleaser, so you just have to keep an eye out. Also, when you find a sublet you like, don’t be afraid to negotiate a lower price! The odds are good that they’ll give you a discount.

 

Places to look for subleases.

  1. Get in the habit of looking at any corkboard you see while out and about.
  2. Join some swap groups online. Stop ignoring the notifications from your sale pages.
  3. Ask your friends whether they’ll be in LBK for the summer. Then, casually inquire about a sublease option.

 

Don’t agree to a sublease until you have information on:

  1. Cost of rent and bills.
  2. Exact address
  3. Bathroom info (Are you sharing? Is there a bath and shower?)
  4. Technology information (Internet service provider, cable, streaming services, etc.)
  5. Roommate information
  6. Pictures of your bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen