For short-term, temporary accommodations, please visit the Temporary Housing and Hotels page.
On-campus housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students. It is important to carefully review the information found at the Office of Housing's website in order to learn how to apply for on-campus housing and what to expect in terms of facilities and responsibilities. It is also important to apply for on-campus housing early.
Although most undergraduate and graduate students live on campus, many graduate students elect to live off-campus. For more information about off-campus housing, visit the Off-Campus Resources page.
When discussing the details of a rental apartment or house with a landlord, be sure to ask specifically about your concerns, for example:
- Are the costs for utilities (water, trash removal, heating, electricity) included? What is the average cost of these utilities, in addition to rent?
- Does the house/apartment have cable or satellite outlets for television and internet?
- Are pets allowed?
- Where are the closest laundry facilities?
- How is the house/apartment maintained?
- Where is the closest grocery store?
- How close is the house/apartment to public transportation?
- May the house/apartment be redecorated? Can I hang pictures?
For most apartments, you will need to initiate gas, electric, cable TV, telephone, and Internet services on your own. You may also have to pay for water and waste disposal services, depending on your apartment. Ask your landlord for the contact information of local utility providers.
Often a utility company will ask you for a Social Security number (SSN) in order to check your “credit history.” This is to determine whether you have a record of paying your bills on time. Since most new internationals do not have a credit history, you will probably be required to pay a deposit based on the average utility charges associated with the apartment or house you rent.
If the company insists that you give a Social Security Number (which you may not have), make it clear that you are new, do not have a credit history, and are willing to pay the deposit. You should also ask how you can go about making the deposit.
If you plan to own a car, it is important to understand how and where you are allowed to park your car. Most apartment complexes will provide handbooks with such information, but if you will live in a house, consult your landlord about residential codes. Even if your house or apartment complex has a garage or car shelter, you may not be able to park your car there without special permission or without an extra fee!