- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:42
The housing market on Grand Cayman is strong and presents many opportunities for student tenants to find homes.
Most rental units come furnished (i.e., stocked with standard hard and soft furnishings, such as beds, tables, appliances, couches, window dressings, etc.) or fully furnished (i.e., everything but your own clothes and personal belongings is included). Utility costs (e.g., for electricity, water, etc.) are expensive compared to U.S. standards. Average electricity cost for a two-bedroom townhouse with air conditioning is approximately $350 per month.
Rental rates are generally highest in the Seven Mile Beach, George Town and South Sound areas. Security deposits are common and usually equal one month's rent, so be sure to figure this into your budget.
Housing becomes increasingly difficult to find if you have young children or pets living with you or if you prefer to smoke inside. Landlords and property managers have the right to refuse to rent to you for these reasons.
Fortunately, off-campus housing advice and support is available to all St. Matthew's University students. The Office of Student Services provides all prospective and enrolled students with 24-hour 7-days-a-week access to an online housing service that they can use to help find the perfect home. Off-campus housing resource lists are also available for students who want to search the rental market on their own.
The Office of Student Services also has numerous resources to help student tenants understand the rental process: From the beginning of the housing search, through reading and understanding a potential lease agreement, to developing regular communication patterns and maintaining a positive relationship with the landlord or manager of your property.
Disputes or relationship issues with landlords or property managers may be brought to the attention of the Director of Student Services. A mediated discussion between the student-tenant and landlord will be offered as an option to both parties. All decisions or non-decisions reached are the sole responsibility of the involved parties requiring mediation. The Office of Student Services and St. Matthew's University cannot be held liable in any way by any party.