Finding Suitable Housing
Only a limited number of undergraduate students at WFU live off campus, and this means that there is never a shortage of available housing in and around the WFU campus area. The primary problem, however, is that many of the local apartment complexes are not located within walking distance of campus.
Locating housing after you arrive
Since there is not a shortage of available housing, many exchange visitors wait until after they arrive in Winston-Salem to make a housing commitment. This allows them the opportunity to find housing that is suitable for their personal wants and needs. If you will be using this method to find housing, you will probably need to plan for a 2-3 day stay in a local hotel. This will give you enough time to look at and compare several different properties, as well as give the apartment complex time to prepare and clean the apartment prior to your scheduled move-in date.
I have attempted to put together a list of local properties where WFU international students and other friends and acquaintances either currently live or have lived in the past. I have also included several properties with with which I have a certain degree of familiarity. This list is by no means comprehensive in terms of all available rental housing in the Winston-Salem area, but I hope that it will provide you with an idea of the prevailing housing situation. Please keep in mind that the rental rates listed may have changed in the past couple of months. All of the properties listed on the page are located in areas of the city that are considered to be safe by local standards.
Important Housing Tips
Please keep the following tips in mind when looking for an apartment and and/or signing a lease:
- Once you sign a contract and take possession of the apartment, you are bound by the rules of that contract. A contract is a legally binding agreement between you and the owner/management. After signing a contract and taking possession of an apartment, you will most likely have to pay a heavy fine and forfeit your deposit if you decide that you want to move prior to the end date listed on the contract.
- Most apartment contracts are for a 12-month period. There are one or two complexes located near the WFU campus that will allow you to sign a 5-6 month contract.
- Most apartment complexes require that you pay a deposit. The amount of the deposit is often equal to one month’s rent.
- The vast majority of apartments in Winston-Salem are unfurnished. You will be responsible for furnishing your apartment. Most students do this by purchasing used or cheap furniture at local stores and thrift shops.
- The amount of rent you pay is usually a good reflection on the overall quality of an apartment. If the rent is cheap, the apartment may not offer some of the amenities that are found in the more expensive complexes.
- Your personal safety should be your highest ranked priority in looking for an apartment. If you have doubts about the overall safety of a certain property, please consult with the WFU Center for Int’l Studies prior to signing a contract.
- If you damage the apartment or leave it in a dirty state when you move out, you will be charged a repair/cleaning fee.
- You should not hesitate to call the management if you have a problem with your apartment, such as noisy neighbors, leaky faucet, etc.
- When you look at an apartment, make sure that you ask the management about any rent specials that they might have. Many local complexes run specials around the time that the WFU students come back to campus. Even if they don’t have any advertised specials, many times they will give you some type of discount if you ask.
- Most apartments charge extra rent and/or deposit money for pets.
Please keep in mind that the staff members of the CIS are familiar with many of the apartment complexes in Winston-Salem, and we will be more than happy to provide you with guidance and personal opinions as they pertain to individual properties.