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Personal Budget

It is best to know exactly what you can afford before you contact any landlord. This way you will be able to limit your search and save time and money.

Many mistakes are made when students begin to look at housing options without putting much thought into preparing a budget. Download this sample budget sheet to guide your decisions. Other resources to take advantage of as you create your budget are:

Student Financial Aid:
Office for Financial Success:

Exploring Utility Cost

Utilize the City of Columbia’s Historical Electric and Water Usage to explore the average cost current tenants are paying for utilities in Columbia. You can search by geographical map or specific addresses for rental properties.

In My Area: Find providers and compare prices for Internet, Cable TV and other home services available in your specific area. This service is at no cost to students and includes free relocation consultations.