The new student was arrived in Cambridge with no room engaged and the dormitories long since filled, will probably not greatly enjoy his first few days of college. True, the Information Bureau at Phillips Brooks will tell him where he can get rooms. But it tells him of so many places that the advice is at first a little confusing to the stranger.
Here are a few suggestions that may be of use to the room-seeker:
Be sure that you have definite agreement with your landlady as to the length of time for which you are engaging rooms. Otherwise you may find you self In difficulty if you leave Cambridge before June. Furthermore, if you are not sure of being admitted to college let your landlady understand that. The latter has a custom of assuming a great deal that is not mentioned, and even without a signed contract, can make it very disagreeable for her tenant should he decide to leave.
Don't be too hasty in engaging the first room you find available. Present indications are that there are rooms enough to more than meet the demand. It is doubtful if it is necessary for you to take a poor room for fear that you will not get any.
Finally, although the Phillips Brooks House endeavors not to keep on its list boarding house keepers that are not reputable, it is obvious that a few of the several hundred on the list may not be the sweet matrons they appear to be. There are boarding house keepers and boarding house-keepers.
This will not help you find a room but--remember that if you report to the Phillips Brooks House rooms that are obviously unsuitable or are already engaged you will be doing a real service to others who go to the Information Bureau.