How can I find cheap (or free) housing during my internship?
This question comes up often, and we understand why. Finding short-term housing in a new city can be challenging, but perseverance and the right resources can help. Some first steps might include:
1. Contact everyone you know with connections in the city where you'll be staying, such as:
- Long-lost relatives
- Friends (and friends of friends)
- Parents of your Oberlin friends from that city
- Your internship organization or supervisor - they may be able to tell you what interns have done in the past
Ask if they can put you up for a while. If not, do they have ideas about where to look for housing?
2. Use online sources to widen your search (see the links below for a few ideas).
3. Look into temporary housing options at local colleges and universities. Some rent out dorm rooms on a temporary basis, and some housing offices list sublet advertisements.
Please note that this list is for informational purposes only, and inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement of the service on the part of Career Exploration and Development or Oberlin College and Conservatory. We strongly encourage you to research carefully any potential housing opportunity before signing a contract or submitting payment.