It’s great to be back writing in this blog. The topic I want to touch on is summer housing and how hard of a struggle it can be to secure affordable (and comfortable) summer housing in a location far away from Boston.

Let me also say that I was not alone in having this conundrum… Almost all of my peers at HBS can share stories about trying to get their summer housing plans firmed up at the last minute. I have also been fortunate to have a great sublet back in Boston (thank you for HBS section mates!), which has completely de-stressed the other half of the summer housing equation.

When I got to L.A., I thought I had a place to stay but quickly realized that my expectations were not aligned with what I saw. Without going into the gory details, I will just say that it’s hard for someone to determine if an apartment is completely suitable for living without actually seeing it in person. A picture can tell a thousand words but sometimes it’s that 1,001st word that is most telling.

Through some very kind friends, I was finally able to find a place (which is where I am writing this blog post). If I had any advice for interns trying to find housing next summer, it would be the following:

  1. Make a list of questions you want to ask the person who is subletting to you – so many things can come up during your stay that it makes sense to know the important details. I might even suggest asking a 2nd year what their experience was like and what they wish they could have known before picking a place.
  2. If possible, don’t consider committing before you (or a friend) has actually visited the potential spot. That way, you will know for sure if your expectations are realistic.
  3. Don’t worry too much about a few dollars here and there. It’s only a few months that you get to intern, so (first and foremost) make sure you secure a comfortable place to stay.

Nick Singh, MBA 2014