Moving off campus can be a more complicated process than you might think. Inattention to important details can cost you and your peers hours of frustration and lots of money. Resources on this page will help guide you through finding a safe and fair lease, budgeting in your new residence, hooking up utilities, solid waste management, and advice on sustainable living. Good luck, be safe, and be responsible!
Things to consider when looking for off-campus housing:
Student Legal Services
If you have questions or concerns about signing a lease, tenant-landlord issues, or roommate legal issues, contact Carolina Student Legal Services for free advice, or call (919) 962-1303, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. CSLS is located in Suite 3512 of the Student Union.
What to look for in a lease
What to avoid in a lease
Before you begin your search for off campus housing, you should consider what your budget is for rent each month. For some leases you will be paying rent, utilities, cable, and internet so budget for these costs, also. Some other costs to think about include: food, renter's insurance, and any other personal expenses you may have.
Check out the Related Files link at the top of the page for access to a Budget Planning Worksheet!
One of your responsibilities living off campus is having to contract with companies to provide your utilities services. These services could include electricity (power), gas, water/sewer, trash collection, cable, internet, and telephone. Depending on where you live the providers for these services may vary. Specific leases may provide one or more of these services for you, or may instruct you to the providers in your area. Please consult your landlord or leasing agency for specific information regarding your utilities.
When splitting the bills with roommates be sure to have an agreement in place before you move in. You do not want to put a bill under your name and be late in payments. It will be your credit that is impacted if there is a default in payments.
A tool to help divide roommate bills is called “Simple Bills”: http://www.simplebills.com/
Some common Chapel Hill/Carrboro utilities providers are listed below:
Trash and Recycling
Conservation and Sustainable Living
If you are interested in creating environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in your new residence, these sites can help you get started: