studentlife

The Right Apartment

While the majority of Holy Cross students live on campus, some juniors and seniors decide to live off campus. Living off campus presents new challenges; there will be bills to pay, daily chores to do, potential roommate conflicts to resolve, and non-student neighbors to meet and live with cooperatively. Off-campus students will tackle many of these issues without the convenience of a residence life staff to assist them. On this site you will find helpful information about locating the right apartment, moving in and out of your apartment, understanding and signing a lease, and important information, phone numbers, and places for off campus students.

Cost: 

  • Is the asking price within the market value for units of the same size and location?
  • Is the price negotiable?
  • Is there a refundable security deposit?
  • Are utilities and/or furnishings included?

Space:

  • How many bedrooms are there?  Does anyone have to share? Who?
  • How many closets are there per person?
  • Is there space for everyone's furniture in the living room?
  • Is there study space?  Room for computers?
  • How many bathrooms are there?  Is that number sufficient for the morning rush before classes?
  • Is the kitchen big enough for everyone to use at the same time?

Exterior:

  • Are there enough exterior lights?
  • Are there screens on every window?
  • Are the windows doubled paned?  Are there working locks on every window?
  • Are there enough fire exits?
  • How many parking spaces are there?
  • How safe is the area at night?

Interior:

  • How is the condition of the walls and ceiling?
  • Does the apartment have carpets or hardwood floors?
  • Are the walls and windows well insulated?
  • How many and where are the electrical outlets? 
  • How many and where are the phone jacks?  Is there more than one phone line?
  • Are there laundry facilities?
  • Is the apartment wired for cable television?

Plumbing:

  • Do the sinks and tubs drain properly?
  • Do the faucet knobs work?
  • Do you get the appropriate amount of hot and cold water?
  • Is there enough water pressure?
  • Are there water stains on the walls, ceilings or floors from leaks?
  • Do the toilets flush properly?

Heat:

  • Is there a source of heat in each room?
  • Can you control the heat?

Safety:

  • Are there dead bolt locks on the exterior door? 
  • Are there two exits in case of a fire?
  • Does the unit meet all safety code guidelines?
  • Is there adequate lighting in the stairwells and hallways?
  • Are there smoke detectors?
  • If the unit uses natural gas are there carbon monoxide detectors?
  • What condition are the appliances in?
  • Is the landscaping well maintained or are there "dark spots" on the property?
  • What is the condition of the walkways, steps, stairs?

Other:

  • What is the reputation of your landlord?  Does he or she have a reputation for being responsive?
  • Is he or she available to you?
  • What conditions have to be met to get your deposit back?
  • Are pets allowed?  If yes, do the current occupants have a pet?
  • Will the apartment be cleaned by a third party before your occupancy?