3: Signing the contract

YES! Now that you have found that ONE apartment/house, this is whats up next and how the whole thing works. (It may differ from place to place)

You have met with the landlord and seen the apartment, now you are going to sign the contract.

Bring:

  • Passport & Visa
  • I 20 documents
  • Proof of income (Norske studenter: den lille papirfliken fra lånekassen som sier at du KANSKJE kan få så og så mye er sjelden bevis nok for at du har penger, ta med kontoutskrift, eller brevet hvor det faktisk står at du har fått invilget lån)
  • money for deposit
  • Some places require a letter of recommendation  but international students often dont need this. If its a problem then contact your school and have you adviser write you one.
  • All roommates need to be there!

What will happen:

  • You will be asked to read through the contract, make sure to ask questions about the deposit/return, smoking/nonsmoking, pets (if you are planning on having any), what is included in the rent etc. If its not listed in the contract and just mentioned by the landlord make sure it get into the contract.
  • Ask so have the landlord read through the contract with you.
  • Sign the contract
  • Pay deposit: it varies from place to place, but often two months rent. These needs to be in check or moneyorder
  • They will tell you how to set up internet, gas, etc. Gas is often already in the apartment, but you will need to contact the gas company so that they dont turn it off.
  • You will be given keys, often a “clicker” for the entrance and garage, A key for the mailbox and the apartment. Make sure you dont loose your keys or “clicker” since they are often very expensive to replace.

You are all set!

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thoughts of a senior

Its here: Your final year. You are now a senior. You have been praying for this day to come Graduatewhile you struggled yourself through endless midterms, all-nighters, group projects from hell, and finals, and now its finally here. But you no longer want this day to come.

The day you realize that your life cant evolve around costume parties, beer-pong, game days, and taking 6 shots and staying up all night to see if you can get your crush to actually notice you. This is the day when you have to begin figuring out your life.

Just a year ago, it all seamed so far away. But now your college goodbye is waiting at your doorsteps. Soon post-college life will come knocking, and hopefully it wont completely knock you down.

These last four years of your life has broken your heart, served you C´s on your tests, made you gain 10 pounds, had you fight with you best friends, (as a member of sorority: given you lots of social probations..), thrown up your last shot of fireball and the domino you just ate. These years have had you tumble and fall, but it has also made you rise each and every time.

You have learned that when you heart is broken nothing can cure it like a hug from a friend (or a few drinks and texts from your other crush). That professors are people and that they want you to succeed, and that the C´s you get can with a lot of hard work turn into A´s. The pounds you gained may have made you more self conscious, but lets be real no one wants to look like a stick skinny freshman either, so I am sure you look way better with those pounds on (otherwise there is always the gym and low carb). And your best-friend will forgive you: Cause you are best-friends and its gonna come a day when she is gonna want you to forgive her to. For the throw up and Dominos: you just have to learn that the last shot you get is always a waste of money .. and so is Dominos 2 am..

We stumble and we fall and look forward to the day we suddenly are gonna turn into sophisticated individuals who loves drinking wine and go to art shows, but when senior year suddenly approaches: We realize its happening too soon. We wanna continue having Dominos at 2 am.

People dont one day wake up and realize they are adult human beings that now has to pay bills other than college tuition, its a process. We slowly grow into these people, and we do it through those epic nights out and the falls we have in life. Each time we fall and college life knocks us down, we had the courage to get up and grow up from it so that we hopefully dont repeat the same mistakes (if not we make the same stupid mistake until we DO learn).

Learning is growing, and throughout your life you are gonna learn and therefore you are gonna grow. If you managed to stand up after a night of endless stupidity and broken hearts, then you can manage to stand up and face adult life each day for the rest of your life.

So when post graduation and adult life do come knocking just know that you are gonna be ready, not because you have done it before, but because college taught you endless times to get up and fight for yourself, your friends, your grades, and your dreams. Believe me: you are more prepared than you think.

If not, then Dominos is always there.

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