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Off-Campus Living Check List
The Off-Campus Living Check List
is designed to assist you through your transition to off-campus
living. You will find the check list to be a helpful tool and full of
resources for your journey as a commuter student.
Preparing for off-campus living
Who and What?
type of living environment do you want? Does a house, townhouse,
or apartment best fit your lifestyle, interests, and budget? Will
you have a roommate (or two), pets, or other family members to
consider? How will you get from your new home to work and school?
close to Winthrop University do you need to be?
you need to be close to a place of employment?
close will your new home be to other weekly activities like
shopping, church, fitness center, and friends?
Whatever the distance, give it a trial
run to see how long your commute will be during different times of
plenty of time to do research and explore your options. When asked,
many students consider the end of spring break to be the crucial
time for locating an apartment. Do your research in the weeks before
spring break to make sure you’re prepared and fully informed.
Set a budget
HINT: Consider not only
your monthly costs, but any one-time, up-front costs such as security deposits or set-up fees such as .
$75 to $150 deposits depending upon your credit score
Water Service: $15
to $30 deposits depending upon your credit score
Sewer Service: $15
to $30 deposits depending upon your credit score
For more information on electric,
water or sewer deposits click here to be directed to the City of Rock Hill.
Local Phone: $39.00
connection fee, $50.00
if getting long distance service
Internet: No deposit
for dial-up, $25.00 for high-speed
For more information on local phone and internet
Natural Gas: $25.00 set-up
fee plus up to $300.00 initial deposit depending upon your credit
If you will be living with
a roommate, discuss the costs of renting and have a plan before
making any commitments. Good communication now will save a lot of
▪ Consider a roommate contract to clearly outline expectations
University of Virginia
Financial Aid to be
informed about your financial status before you move off-campus. Hint:
Some student may receive a refund, but not until the school year
begins. Plan ahead to avoid frustration and let that refund work
Create a list of housing
priorities to help decide where to look. Things to consider:
Location, Cost, Roommates, Services (amenities, included utilities)
2. Preparing for off-campus
Research Available Places
Talking to fellow students,
reviewing the classified ads in newspapers, searching the internet, and
driving around town.
Helpful sites include
The Fort Mill Times
The Charlotte Observer
Picking up a copy of
Apartment Finder at
Found a better site for information
on housing? Let us know by clicking here.
Schedule a time to walk
Talk with Landlord about:
costs, services, terms of the lease, roommates policies, parking,
utilities, amenities, availability, pets, what if something needs to be
repaired, and references.
Helpful Sites on What to Look
for in a Landlord
Review Ten Tips for Tenants
Pick a place that meets
Prepare for signing a lease
Sign a Lease
Pay Housing Deposits
3. Preparing for your move
Television (if desired)
Local Phone (if desired)
Long Distance (if desired)
Internet (if desired)
Plan your move
Purchase necessary supplies
Pack personal belongings and
Confirm move-in date and
procedures with Landlord/Roommates
Confirm activation date for
Consider purchasing renters
insurance to protect your property in case of emergency.
For more information . . . visit
Set a schedule that will
allow for your additional commute time
Plan your day to maximize
your time on-campus
Include time to stay
involved in activities and connecting with friends
“Being a Good Neighbor”
Review Rock Hill Ordinances
If you should need assistance with
▪ Address conflicts as soon as possible. The
sooner you make your roommate aware of a problem, the more
likely a mutually satisfying solution may be reached.
▪ Address concerns directly to your roommate,
preferably in person. Avoid communication through e-mail, IM,
text messages or other roommates or friends. The more personal
and direct your communication is, the easier it may be to solve
▪ Communicate clearly and avoid accusations or
blaming. Use “I statements” when possible and talk about the
results of situations or behaviors instead pointing fingers.
▪ Consider drafting a roommate agreement that
clearly describes expectations and solutions.
Click here for a sample from
In a fix? Get your landlord to
repair or maintain your apartment
Getting your security deposit back
Help with evictions and terminations.
Do you have an item
you think we should add to the Off-Campus Living Check List?
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