We are approximately one month from the time when most incoming students move to the DC area. This is the point when your online search for housing ought to be in full swing. If you are looking at a July move, your timetable should be moved up two to four weeks from the recommendations here.
Large sites like Apartments.com, Rent.com and others can start this process. These also may have actual numbers of units available from large complexes for your expected move in date. Gaining familiarity with the rental market and neighborhoods is what you should be focused on right now.
A site such as Craigslist may not have what you want quite yet. Sites which help locate private listings will have a few opportunities for an August move in, but most will want a single month turn over at this time.
As you’re searching, don’t forget about tying up loose ends in the place you’re leaving. Address changes, paying bills, gathering important records and documents, returning borrowed items and picking up your items which others have are just a few tasks to remember. A moving checklist and timeline are available for students through a link on our Facebook group.
And as always, feel free to send me an email or call the office if you have any questions or concerns about moving, rentals or even your first year of law school!