Find information about living Off-Campus and browse through our collection of resources.

Before You Sign a Lease

  • Landlord/Tenant Handbook
    This handbook contains everything you need to know about the relationship between landlords and renters!
  • Lease Info
    Leases can be confusing – this page explains the basic components of a lease and where you can get access to free legal assistance!

During Your Housing Search

  • Deciding to Live Off-Campus
    Think you’re ready to live off-campus? Here are some things to consider before taking the leap!
  • Financial Considerations
    Moving off-campus might seem like a good deal, but there are plenty of costs you might not have thought about.
  • Housing Fair
    The Department of Student Life sponsors the Housing Fair each October which showcases your housing options and features educational information.
  • Fair Housing
    Know the rules about fair housing so that you aren’t the victim of housing discrimination!

Preparing for Move-In

  • Renter’s Insurance

    Learn more about Renter’s Insurance and why you need it!

  • Utilities
    If you are renting, you are most likely responsible for setting up at least some of your utilities. Hereâ??s info on all the utility companies in the area!

Once you Move In

  • Snow and Ice Removal
    Check your lease – who is responsible for snow and ice removal? If you are, here’s all the info you need on snow and ice removal rules!
  • Lawn Care
    Even if your landlord is responsible for mowing, you are responsible for keeping your lawn clean and presentable!
  • Parking
    Avoid a ticket by knowing the East Lansing ordinances related to parking!
  • Party Smart
    It is possible to have fun while respecting your neighbors and not getting in trouble! Follow these guidelines to party smart!
  • Protecting Your Deposit
    Make sure you get your security deposit back by following this process when you move in – the general idea is document, document, document!
  • Safety and Security
    East Lansing is a pretty safe place to live, but there are still steps you should take to protect yourself and your property!
  • Recycling and Reusing Moving Guide
    Most students have a lot of stuff to get rid of when moving out – don’t just throw it away! Follow these tips for donating or recycling items.