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  • Off campus housing

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    Housing Infographic

    Take a look at this graphic to see what kind of expenses you'll be facing in your new living space, as well as how to avoid some of those little things that cost a lot over time.
    Housing Infographic
    Renting an apartment

    The university does not own any apartments so all off-campus housing involves a rental agreement with a landlord.  There are many apartments around the campus area, many within walking distance from the campus.  Currently students also have free access to the city bus with their student ID.  Use this budget guide to help you with your finances.

    Cash Course also has a page devoted to Finding the Right Living Space.
    As you begin to look for an apartment here are some things to keep in mind:

    Campus resource for finding an apartments

    The Office of Residence Life posts off campus housing at the website listed below: 

    Student Rental Society

    Places are listed by landlords as they are received, with availability dates noted!

    You can call (608) 785-8076 to get general information.

    Other places to find apartments

    Rental listings

    Search engines

    Signs and adds posted on and around campus

    In the yellow pages under apartments

    Some tips before you rent

    Be sure you've read and understand the lease before signing.

    Remember who you live with is as important as where you live, so be sure to ask potential roommates questions about lifestyle to find a suitable roommate.

    Before you move into the apartment, do a thorough check-in including filling out a detailed inventory of the premises. Some landlords provide a form but if they don't, create your own.

    If you encounter problems or want someone to help you review your lease, the UW-L Student Association has made arrangements for free legal consultation for students.  Free legal advice is provided by attorneys sponsored and paid for by the UW-L Student Association.  Currently enrolled students may make 15 minute appointments by calling 785-8062 or by stopping in the Student Life Office, room 149, Graff Main Hall.  An attorney will be on campus for a short time on each Tuesday and Wednesday that classes are in session during fall and spring semesters.  They are available to meet with students occasionally during summer term. Appartments
    Living with a roommate

    Set clear expectations

    It is important to have clear understanding of what financial obligations you are agreeing to when deciding to live with a roommate.  Keep in mind that if your roommate cops out of a payment obligation, the responsibility will ultimately fall to you and any other roommates.  So choose your roommates carefully.

    Hash out your finances

    Set clear expectations about who is paying what.  Define things like gas, heat, water, cable, and internet.  Make sure everyone know who's paying what, how much and when.

    Keep communication channels open

    Have regular meetings to discuss any issues you or your roommates may have with your current arrangement.  Lack of communication can lead to anger and passive aggression.

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