Mar 26 2012
After an application fell through, due to not having a cosigner and not being able to get one, I’ve made the decision I’m not moving.
I can’t find a landlord willing to take me on as a tenant because I’m a grad student and am tired of searching for something that may not exist. It is makes little sense to me. I can produce paperwork regarding my income, which is more than adequate. I’ve rented 6 years, no problems, no late rent, no wrecked apartments. I have no debt, began establishing credit almost 9 years ago (opened a small credit card at 18 to do so), and I checked my credit score. No blights, everything in good standing.
In a city like Boston, where college students must make up half the population, one would think the landlords would have an easier way to handle this. In Chicago, there weren’t these issues and I assume Chicago landlords deal with far less students. Although I suppose at my age, parentless people are a rarity, I doubt it is that uncommon or that students may not have someone who is able to cosign for other reasons.
The good news is I save myself a lot of time. Packing, unpacking, finding a subletter, organizing a move, and so on are time-consuming. I also save myself money, because I don’t need to pay for a mover. I enjoy the section of Boston I live in, and as someone who has moved around a lot, there is something nice about staying put. I’m working on resolving what made me want to move and hopefully, I can make things a bit better.