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Managing Your College Life:
Your Money – Your Housing – Your Time

Going to college offers many new experiences. For many students, college is the first time they have ever had control of their own money, housing, and time.

Managing Your College Life: Your Money — Your Housing — Your Time is an online presentation that helps students better manage and survive their first years of college.

Through this presentation, you will become and stay a responsible renter by learning how to

Get Started

Click on the presentation link below to get started. It takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

You will also want to review and/or print off the presentation handouts listed below. These easy-to-use tools will help you find that rental unit and keep it.

The materials in this online presentation are adapted from RentWise, a tenant education certificate program. For additional information on renting, you may also be interested in purchasing the complete RentWise: Renter's Workbook and Organizer which covers the topics addressed in this tutorial and more.

For more information, contact Lori Hendrickson (lhend@umn.edu; 888-241-0885).

Presentation Handouts

Communication, Compromise, and Consideration: The 3 Cs of Getting Along with Roommates (133 K PDF) — This fact sheet reviews areas that cause conflict with roommates and offers tips for avoiding and/or working through those conflicts.

Spending Plan: Short Form (222 K PDF) — A worksheet to help you plan your monthly spending.

Determine Your Housing Needs — This checklist will help you evaluate features of an apartment, building, or neighborhood that are important to you. Part of the RentWise: Renter's Workbook and Organizer. English (89 K PDF) | Spanish (1.1 MB PDF).

Rental Survey — Use this form to compare different rental units. Part of the RentWise: Renter's Workbook and Organizer. English (118 K PDF) | Spanish (1.11 MB PDF).

Sample Rental Application — Practice completing this application before you go apartment (or unit) hunting. Part of the RentWise: Renter's Workbook and Organizer. English (753 K PDF) | Spanish (713 K PDF).

Rental Condition Checklist — Use this form to record the condition of a rental unit before moving in. Part of the RentWise: Renter's Workbook and Organizer. English (265 K PDF) | Spanish (1.4 MB PDF).

Home Maintenance Checklist (70 K PDF) — This fact sheet gives quick tips on cleaning supplies, what to clean when, and how to deal with roaches.

Resource Guide (87 K PDF) — Quick reference to resources that strive to support and assist renters.

Related Resources

RentWise: Renter's Workbook and Organizer — This unique and practical resource helps you (or the families you assist) be successful renters. English | Spanish.

Energy Actions to Save $ and Increase Comfort for Renters (62 K PDF) — Conserve energy in your home to lower utility bill and increase comfort.

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