Residential Life and Housing


Guide to Living Off Campus

Why are you thinking of living off campus?

  • Do you want more independence?
  • Are you ready for all the different financial responsibilities?
  • Do you know how to cook?
  • Are you able to communicate with neighbors, roommates, etc., without resident hall assistants intervening in interactions?
  • Do you know where to spend time between classes if it’s not convenient to go home?
  • Are you able to return to campus for events, activities or study?

When living on campus, some of the questions above are handled for you. The Office for Residential Life and Housing supplies rooms that are already equipped with furniture and utilities. The food you eat is prepared for you. If there is a problem with your room or another student neighbor, you simply contact your Resident Assistant. During your free time, you just go back to your room. If you are going to live off campus, in some cases these responsibilities will be your own, but we are here to help guide you through the process and you will be better prepared for your post-college future having gone through this process already.

Here are some useful documents:

» Rental Condition Checklist (PDF)

» Sample Roommate Agreement (PDF)

» Download the Full Guide (PDF)

Consider the following topics when evaluating if off-campus living is right for you.


For further information, please contact:

Residential Life and Housing
Earle Hall, Room 100
p – 516.877.3650
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