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  • Off campus housing

    Rent Smart
     Rent Smart Flyer 2016
    This is a six hour course that is designed to provide practical education to help potential renters to both acquire and keep decent housing. It helps individuals who are likely to have trouble getting rental housing due to lack of experience or poor rental history, including evictions. Participants will receive a workbook and a certificate upon completion. 



     Finding a place to live in a college town is difficult with the amount of turnover. Here are some great local sites to get your search started:

    Rent College Pads
    Student Rentals La Crosse
    Coulee Region Apartment Connextion
    7 Rivers Rentals

    Campus Resource for Finding 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.
    The Office of Residence Life posts off campus housing at the website listed below: 

    You can call 608.785.8076 to get general information.

    Avoiding Rental Scams can be difficult. Unfortunately, scammers are always looking for a quick way to get money and college students seem to be among their favorite targets. Follow the link for some quick tips about how to avoid being a target.
    Renters Insurance is a great way to protect yourself, is relatively inexpensive, and is usually pretty cheap. UWL alum, Scott Bramwell, shares his story in Renters: Get insurance! and will explain why it is so important to have renters insurance. 


    Housing...And Managing to Pay For it!

    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

    Some tips before you rent

    Be sure you've read and understand the lease before signing. Here is a guide to some costly mistakes.

    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.

    Make sure your finances is in order. Finances are the leading cause in roommate disagreements, bill discrepancies, eviction, and many other matters related to renting. Use this budget guide to help you organize your finances. Compare the costs involved with moving off campus by viewing our Off vs.On Campus Costs prezi. 

    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, make sure you create your own rental Rental condition checklist.

    Rental Checklist

    View IMC!'s Rent Smart Prezi 

    Know Your Rights As a Tenant:


    These 10 items CANNOT be part of your renting agreement. If so, the lease is null and void.
    Ten Deadly Sins of a Lease

    Additional renting information, knowing your rights and filing complaints:
    Renting in La Crosse


     If you encounter problems or want someone to help you review your lease, the UWL Student Association has made arrangements for free legal consultation for students. Free legal advice is provided by attorneys sponsored and paid for by the UWL Student Association. Currently enrolled students may make 15 minute appointments by calling 608.785.8062 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. 


    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. Make sure to make an agreement on each of your responsibilities. (Sample roommate agreement below).
    Roommate Agreement     dealing with roommates

    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.