jayman6 wrote:I just got in off the waitlist. I'm so surprised. I didn't expect it at all, so I signed a lease in State College, PA and made plans to attend Penn State. Obviously I feel like a complete idiot now and have no idea what to do. I was feeling pressure to secure housing since it fills up so fast at PSU. I certainly have a difficult decision to make. Would anyone care to offer any suggestions?
If you want to go to Illinois, start trying to find someone to pick up your lease today. It is possible to find someone to assign it to. If you have a helpful landlord (which not everyone does) they might even help you show the apartment. And you could always attempt to negotiate a lease-break agreement. You might expect to pay maybe a couple months' rent to get out of the lease without paying the full penalty, but some landlords will do it if they think they can fill the space without you.
But whatever you do, you should start as soon as possible. The earlier you get on top of this, the more flexible your landlord is likely to be.