Housing Resources & ChatGPT

Navigating housing can feel like navigating the wild west, and while there are many steadfast resources here to help you, like Off-Campus Life, there are also new resources, like ChatGPT. ChatGPT can be a useful tool in creating ideas and getting immediate help with anything from budgeting to finding resources on campus. Through experimentation with ChatGPT prompts, we have discovered unique methods to assist you in your search for off-campus living accommodations.

Listed here are some possible questions to ask ChatGPT as a student or prospective student looking for housing, accommodations, or campus resources:

  • What resources can help me find housing at Colorado State university?
  • I make $1,200 in my part time job. My rent is $800. I go out to eat once every two weeks. Please make a budget for spending.
  • I need to make a listing for a property I am renting out to students. The house is 2 bed 2 bath with a private patio. Please write me a professional and appealing description to post to RentalSearch.
  • Please write me an email to send to a property manager to request a tour.
  • I have never looked for housing before. Where should I start?
  • I am an international student new to Colorado State University, and I am looking for housing. How should I find somewhere to live?
  • I am a CSU graduate student living in Fort Collins. I have a dog and my monthly stipend is $1200. What is a good way to find a roommate?

When prompting ChatGPT, try to use as many specifics as possible. For example, if you are asking the program to make you a RentalSearch listing, try to include any possible selling points for the property like number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, or amenities. Having depth of detail will make prospective buyers more likely to follow up with your listing. Additionally, if you are a student looking for resources or starting points for your housing search, try to provide as much context as possible. For example, try to tell the program where you are looking to live, if you have pets, how many roommates you plan on living with. This kind of detail will help ChatGPT create a more curated response based on your needs. 

We know that finding housing can be stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. At Off-Campus Life we are here to help you with all of your off-campus housing needs, but ChatGPT can be a useful tool to help supplement your search. 

Looking for fall housing? Start your search here.