It is recommended that you begin your search three to four months in advance. Begin your search online through stonybrook.edu/offcampusliving. Follow the link to Off-Campus Housing, which has a searchable database of legal properties to rent.
When you have found something that seems promising, check out the regulations (zoning laws and town codes) of the town your housing is in. Links are available on the Off-Campus Living website to help you learn more specifics about your township’s codes. Know what the requirements are before you move in so you can avoid fines or even eviction.
Please note that Off-Campus Housing does not inspect, approve or supervise any premises listed with its service. The University does not become party to private landlord–tenant matters.
Please note that the following steps are suggestions. You do not have to follow these steps in the order that they are laid out. You do not have to take each and every step outlined. These are only recommendations.
How much can I afford per month for rent?
What is in my budget (loans, job earnings, parental support)?
Do I want a roommate(s)?
What type of neighborhood would I like?
How long will it take me to get to school, work, etc.?
What type of transportation will I require?
Can I afford the cost of utilities, food, gas, cable, etc.?
- Is the rental furnished or unfurnished?
- Are utilities included or excluded?
- What is the commuting situation (car, bus, train)?
- When can the landlord enter the property?
- Who takes care of and pays for any repairs, if necessary?
- Who handles landscaping (leaf and snow removal)?
- Who is responsible for repairs?
- Is the rental unit legal (all listings on the Off Campus Housing website are certified as legal housing by their respective townships)?
- You may also want to meet with them--this will likely happen when you visit the rental
- Print out and bring a copy of the Renter's Checklist to conduct a full inspection of the property
- Asses the rental unit for safety
- Click here for a list of suggested questions to ask a prospective roommate
You do not have to, nor do we suggest that you sign a lease when you first get it
Do not be afraid to ask questions or propose changes
- Only sign the lease once both parties, prospective tenant and prospective landlord, understand and have agreed to the terms in the lease
- Make sure it is clear when and how all types of payments will be made (lease, utilities, etc.)
- For more information on leases, click here
Make sure you get a copy of the lease
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- Will you use moving services? Or will you rent a UHaul?
- Do you need to purchase furniture? Will you need to schedule deliveries?