Thinking About Living Off Campus?
If you would like to live off campus but aren’t sure where to begin, help is just a click away with the Off-Campus Housing website, which can point you in the right direction and help you locate a living space that’s perfect for you.
Resources for Off-Campus Living
CLICK HERE to be directed to the Off-Campus Housing website.
Another handy resource is our Renter’s Checklist, which can help you evaluate a potential residence. To view it, CLICK HERE
Managing your money responsibly is crucial when living off campus. For help in planning your monthly budget, view our easy-to-use budget checklist CLICK HERE
Important Questions to Consider
- How much can I afford per month for rent?
- Do I want a roommate(s)?
- How long will it take me to get to school, work, etc.?
- Can I afford the cost of utilities, food, gas, cable, etc.?
- Does my landlord have a good reputation? How can I check his or her references and reputation?
- What is the policy on pets?
- What is the neighborhood like? Are there a lot of other students?
- Who will be responsible for damages? Repairs? Landscaping?
Quick Tips for Living Off Campus
- Location matters
- The landlord is not your buddy — your relationship is about business, not friendship. Check your landlord’s reputation before signing a lease
- Inspect the property thoroughly before signing a lease. Read (don't skim) the lease. A lease is a binding legal document — all leases are NOT the same
- Be aware that the use of any upholstered “indoor” furniture, such as mattresses or sofas, is prohibited on any front or side yard visible from any public place, sidewalk or highway
- You're in charge of your own safety. Know who to call in an emergency!
To view more Quick Tips: CLICK HERE
Know Your Rights!
As a tenant it is important to know your rights when renting. Before you sign a lease you must make sure you understand your contract between you and your landlord. Review the Tenant’s Rights Guide; this booklet is designed to highlight some of the principal rights of residential tenants in this state. These rights are protected by a variety of federal, state and local laws.
Inspect Your New Home
Now that you have found the perfect place to call home, you need to take inventory of your surroundings. This Inspection Form is for your protection. It helps to establish the condition of your apartment at the time of your arrival and should be completed and returned to your landlord within the first three days of occupancy. Make sure to keep a copy!
To view the Inspection Form: CLICK HERE