As a real estate agent in Austin, I see many clients who are looking to either sub-lease their apartment immediately, or eventually sub-lease toward the end of the year. (Because, as we all know, there are no 6-month leases!)
Here are my five tips for people looking to sub-lease their apartments during the summer. It is based on personal testimonies from friends, as well as professional experience working in the market. So, without further ado…
1. Check University Listings
The first place I recommend to people is the listings page on the University of Texas website. They are located here, under the Provost’s page.
Here, you will find a market of UT students looking for places to live—ideal for you to market your apartment. I have heard from several friends that this website has worked out well for them. And the process is very straightforward. You need to make a login, and make a post with a description of the unit, the details (cost, size, availability dates, utility information, amenities, etc.) and post some pictures.
I have heard from several sources that this website worked for them, and I would recommend it to people wary of subleasing to total strangers. This way, at least, you are leasing to classmates.
2. Facebook Groups
If you are unable to find something on the University listings page, no worries! We have more options.
You should start checking Facebook groups with the word “sublease,” “sublet,” and your location. For UT students, there is a really good group called “UT Austin Sublets/Roommate Finder.”
Put out a message saying you are either [LOOKING] or [OFFERING]. (The all caps helps catch people’s attention.) Make sure to include pictures of the apartment, and also put the important information for people: dates, price, size. The best posts are the ones that deliver the most information in as few characters as possible. Be one of those posts!
3. Flyers around Campus
This one is a bit more old-school.
Make flyers saying you are subleasing your apartment. Put a picture of the unit if you can, and include price, size, and the dates you are looking to rent out. Include a phone number and an e-mail for them to contact. If you are feeling fancy, design your flyer to include various little rips at the bottom with your contact information.
I recommend picking a bright color for your paper to make it stand out. Think pink or lime green. Get creative!
Print out flyers at the library or at Kinko’s and start putting them up around high-traffic areas of campus. Put them up in the buildings where you have classes and club meetings. They usually have bulletin boards in the hallways. The one risk you run here, however, is that there are lots of things on these bulletin boards, so your flyer may be covered—or worse, ignored.
Also, I highly recommend getting a staple gun and putting up flyers on telephone poles around campus. Put them up along Guadalupe and over in front of the tower and near the gyms and dorms. You might just catch something! Also, staple guns are awesome. You know you’ve secretly been looking for a reason to buy a staple gun.
If you have tried the first three methods and are still unsuccessful, then I recommend turning to the infamous Craiglist for your next possible solution. Conveniently, because Austin is such a booming city, there is an entire subleasing page on the Austin craigslist page. Isn’t that nice?Making a post is pretty straightforward. You click [post] up at the top-right corner of the page, and follow the directions. Make a description of the unit, include pictures if you can, and list the specs: size, price, when you want to subleast, pet information, etc. (You should be seeing a pattern here.)You can have people contact you via e-mail or phone, and you can choose to conceal your e-mail address if you feel uncomfortable releasing your contact information.
If you want to distinguish yourself, I recommend two things: include pictures of the entire unit, and make a good, detailed description of the unit. Don’t lie, but try and sell your unit’s best features—put its best leg first, so to speak…
Happy apartment hunting!