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Off-Campus Housing Information

There is a large variety of off-campus housing specifically targeted for students. Auburn University's Off-Campus Housing parter, realtors, or other property managers can help students with their housing search.

If you will be living off campus, the following information was compiled as a resource to use in your housing search. This information is by no means the definitive guide to off-campus housing, but it should provide a variety of helpful tips and resources.

Things to Consider

House vs. Apartment - Verify in lease if you or the landlord is responsible for maintenance. Landlords may provide fewer services for houses and duplexes. Understand how many unrelated persons may live in the same dwelling.

Application Deposits - Your application should state if a deposit is refundable.

Cost - Ask for utility costs, pest control, and other fees when determining total cost of the dwelling.

Location - Think transportation, convenience, and safety! Is there good lighting? Are there sidewalks? Is Campus walking or biking distance? Does Tiger Transit have a stop nearby?

Models

  • Insist on seeing the actual apartment which you will be occupying.

  • Check for new paint, inspect rugs for cleanliness and look for wall holes.

  • Check Appliances to make sure they are functional and clean.

  • Make sure electrical outlets and fans are functional and not loose.  Loose electrical outlets are a fire hazard.

  • Turn on water faucets. Faucets should not leak, water should not be too hot or too cold, drains should not stop up, and toilets should flush properly.

  • Check all windows. They should have locks on them.

  • Check exterior doors. They should have deadbolts and peep holes.

  • Check air conditioning and heating controls.

Security

  • Corridors and walkways should be adequately lit.

  • Crime reports from Auburn or Lee County police should be reviewed for the apartment and area.

  • Fire extinguishers should be charged and accessible.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed and tested. Is there a fire alarm system?

  • Electrical outlets, switches, fans and appliances should be checked for secure wiring and proper operation.

If you have any safety or security concerns about a property, you should report those concerns to the Auburn City Codes Enforcement Division located at 171 N. Ross St. in Auburn. Phone: (334) 501-3170. Hours are 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

Before You Sign A Lease . . .

Do. . .

  • Read and understand the Lease. If you don't understand it, have a lawyer review it with you.

  • Get a copy of lease rules and regulations.

  • Repairs and improvements must be written into the lease and signed by the landlord.

  • Keep a copy of the lease.

  • Insist on seeing the actual dwelling.

  • If pets are allowed, understand the pet policy.

  • Understand who has maintenance/repair responsibility and for what items.

Don't. . .

  • Sign a lease unless prepared to pay all months. If you sign the lease and have a roommate(s) who fails to pay his/her portion of the rent, then you are responsible for paying the full rental amount.

  • Sign a lease that automatically renews.

  • Allow a clause giving unlimited access to the premises without notice or consent.

  • Sign based on a model apartment.

  • Sign before  visiting the neighborhood at various times of the day to observe activity.

  • Sign before all negotiations are placed in the lease and signed by the landlord.

A lease is a contract - check the terms of the contract. If you don't like the terms, don't sign.