We recommend beginning your search 3-4 months in advance, however, the Off Campus
Housing website adds new listings very often.
While you can look for housing without coming to the area, it is strongly advised
that you inspect properties in person. We recommend that you make an appointment with
a prospective landlord to see the property before you sign a lease and pay any security
deposits. By coming to the area to inspect the properties you are able to ensure that
the unit matches your expectations. It also gives you an opportunity to develop a
relationship with the landlord.
No, we do not place students in apartments or houses for rent. We provide resources
through this website that will help you choose the best apartment/house for yourself.
There is a limit on the number of roommates or housemates that you can have. That
number is determined by your respective township.
Our office does not inspect, screen, approve, or supervise any of the premises listed.
You are strongly encouraged to carefully inspect the premises to determine for yourself
wether the housing is suitable for your needs and concerns. Please review our
Renter's Checklists to assist you in evaluating the lists and in choosing the apartment, room or house
that is right for you.
The Law Office of the Public Advocacy Center (PAC) assists in select advocacy groups
to promote new legislation and to assist implementation of recently passed legislation.
Contact (631) 761-7033 for more information.
The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) also holds a legal clinic on occasion. Graduate
students can schedule an appointment by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the GSO office at (631) 632-6492 during business hours.
A roommate listing can take 1-3 business days to appear online. All listings are manually
approved by our staff. Any listings submitted on Fridays or around the holidays may
take longer to get approved.
You can contact a potential roommate by clicking on their roommate listing under Roommate
Search. Students listed on the website have the option to list a phone number, email,
and Facebook link. You may contact students through any of these means. Please be
aware that some students list international phone numbers.
Your roommate listing expires 30 days after it has been approved. When your listing
was approved you should have received an email containing your listing's expiration date.
You may renew your listing if you have not found a suitable roommate by contacting
"Landlords are required to maintain electrical, pluming, sanitary, heating and ventilating
systems and appliances landlords install (such as refrigerators and stoves) in good
and safe working order. All repairs must be made within a reasonable time period"
(Attorney General: Tenants' Rights Guide, p. 19). Information about how repairs will
be handled should be addressed in your lease.
Landlords are not supposed to deduct for "normal wear and tear." Beyond that, any
aspect of your rental property that is not the way it was when you moved in can cost
you, unless you take care of it to the landlord's satisfaction before you leave. It
is very important that your lease addresses your landlord's expectations, to make
sure you have a common understanding when the lease is over.
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that students living off campus obtain renters insurance. Renters
insurance will cover a loss of property in case of fire, flood, theft, etc. Contact any
insurance company to obtain this valuable resource.
The university does not have any requirements for students who choose to live off
campus. A student can choose to be a resident student or a commuter student.
Yes, your financial aid may be able to cover your off-campus housing costs. The amount
of your tuition is automatically deducted from your aid/loans and the remainder is
disbursed to you in the form of a refund check. This money is used at your discretion
and it is your responsibility to allocate monies as you see fit. Each situation is
different for every individual, and we encourage you to contact the Financial Aid
Office at (631) 632-6840.