Off-Campus Apartments and Homes
If you decide to live off-campus, the following suggestions may help insure your safety. Should you view homes or apartments, make notes and discuss with the owner/landlord any problems or safety concerns, and make sure you both agree and sign off on when the problem will be repaired.
Before you decide to rent, the following tips can be helpful:
- Check with neighbors in the area for their opinions on the location, the landlord, the safety of the building and the neighborhood.
- Check the security of the building.
- Find out who is expecting to take care of the grounds, hall and sidewalks.
- Check for fire exists.
- Beware of basement apartments. These are more likely to have burglars.
- Do the windows and locks operate properly?
- Check doors for dead-bolt locks that work.
- Is the rental unit well lighted? Is the surrounding area well lighted? (porches, hallways, garage, yard)
- Find out who has keys to the unit or have the locks changed.
- If the building is a multi-unit apartment complex, does the outer security door lock?
- Check for working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
- Check for locks on the mailboxes. If there are none, ask your landlord and mail carrier about obtaining one.
- Do the doors have peepholes?