WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Living off-campus can be a great experience, but remember to consider the following as you prepare to do so:
- Be sure that you request and are granted permission to live off-campus prior to signing a lease. A previously signed lease does not warrant the right to move off-campus.
- Consider your location. Is your new place within walking distance of campus? Where will you do your laundry? What is the neighborhood like? If you have a car, where will you park it?
- Determine your expenses before moving in. Rent, utilities, trash removal, telephone and cable are all substantial regular expenses that come with living on your own. How will responsibility for paying bills be handled with multiple roommates?
- Understand your responsibilities as a tenant and as a member of the Geneva community.
OPTIONS AND LEASES
Apartments are the most popular option and are widely available in the Geneva-area. Consider the size and type of apartment you will need as well as the advantages and disadvantages of having one or more roommates. When deciding on your rental unit, be sure to check the maximum number of tenants allowed.
Living in a house with several others is another option with some special advantages and disadvantages. Roommate issues, which are minor with only one roommate, can be complicated if they involve 3 or 4 people. How will responsibilities for paying bills be handled? Many times bills are sent to one tenant and that person is responsible for seeing that they are paid. If all the chores are equally divided and the proper roommates chosen, sharing a house can be rewarding.
Whatever you choose, you’ll probably have to sign a lease. Please make sure you have acquired authorization to live off-campus before signing any lease, as having a lease does not require your release from on-campus housing.
Most leases are month-to-month or term. A month-to-month agreement is a contract for one month at a time. The landlord can alter or terminate the agreement at the end of any rental month provided the proper notice is given. A term lease provides more protection for the tenant against rent increases, changes to the contract or termination of the contract before the term is over. Providing you do not breach your lease, the landlord is obligated to rent the unit to you for the length of time, under the conditions and for the rent amount outlined in the lease. You are obligated to pay rent and fulfill the conditions of the contract for the length of the lease.