When international students are ready to look for an apartment off campus, they should choose a property management company that understands international students, Hardin says.
"These companies know that a credit check for an international student will not return much information," he says. "Instead, they just rely on the standard deposit."
When student Sachdeva secured her apartment, she was asked for her passport and Form I-20, the eligibility form to study in the United States for international students, instead of a credit check and a Social Security number.
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