i live in student housing. they give out contracts that end either in may or july. they realize that some people graduate in december (hopefully to transfer to a grad school). so, for me to have a contract that ends in may means i will owe them (suppossing i can't find someone to take over my lease) over $3000 for time i won't even be there and will have no use for. if i can find someone to take it over it will cost me something like $150 plus 80% of one months rent.