Housing: On-Campus and Off-Campus

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Rev.
05/07/2013

Housing: On
-
Campus and Off
-
Campus


On
-
Campus Housing.
There are two types of on
-
campus
and off
-
campus housing. On
-
campus housing are university
apartments. On
-
campus housing provides the opportunity
to meet other students including fellow classmates, students from other departments, and
from all over the world. When you live on
-
campus, you can connect your computer
directly to the campus compute
r system to check e
-
mail and gain access to the web. You
do not have pay for water, electricity, or trash services as these are included in your rent.
Students living in a residence hall are required to purchase a meal plan. If you live in a
campus apar
tment, you will
are responsible for your own meals.


There is a separate application process for on
-
campus housing.
More detailed information
on on
-
campus accommodations is available at

www.rps.india
na.edu/index.cfml
,

http://www.rps.indiana.edu/hgcomparecosts.cfml

and
http://www.rps.indiana.edu/costs2012
-
13.cfml



Off
-
Campus
Housing.
Off
-
campus housing can be less expensive particularly if you find
a roommate to share the cost. However, securing off
-
campus housing can be more
challenging than on
-
campus housing. You can choose a furnished apartment or an
unfurnished apartmen
t. Furnished apartments typically come with furniture and large
appliances (stove and refrigerator), not linens and kitchenware. Usually, unfurnished
apartments
only

come with a stove and a refrigerator.


There is no central off
-
campus housing office t
o help find apartments to lease or to match
students with roommates. Some complexes also require that the renter appear in person,
which makes it difficult to rent before arriving in Bloomington.


You may also want to look at
http://ils.indiana.edu/admi
ssions/costs_housing.html


Finding Off
-
Campus Housing.

The IU Graduate and Professional Organization
maintains a Housing link at
http://www.indiana.edu/~gpso/
.


Listed below are some other sites to help with

your search:



IU Residential Programs and Services



iurental.com



Comprehensive apartment search websites (
www.apartmentsinbloomington.com
,
www.apartmentguide.com
,
www.apartments.com
,
www.rentalhomesplus.com
,

www.mynewplace.com
)



Indiana Daily Student Classified Ads




Bloomington Herald
-
Times
Classified Ads
: The local community newspaper
housing listings



www.college
-
housing.com
,
www.apartmentguide.com
,
ww
w.rent.com
, and
www.apartmentratings.com

(Comprehensive apartment search websites.)



Padmapper Apartment Search and Mapping Tool




My Apartment Map
: Find and compare housing across Bloomington



Rev.
05/07/2013

Move
-
In Tips

We cannot stress enough that it is very important to arrive in Bloomington a few days
before

the start of Orientation. This will help you get settled before Orientation begins. Orientation
is very busy and you should be moved into your apartment or house
before

Orientation begins.
You will not have time to look for housing, to move, and
to g
et settle during Orientation.



If you need to set up utilities for your apartment, below is a list of providers:


Utility



Pr
ovider


Telephone



Gas



Vectren


(800) 227
-
1376




Electricity


Duke Energy


(800) 521
-
2232




Water/Sewer


CBU



(8
12) 349
-
3930




Cable



Comcast


(866) 731
-
1853



Rev.
05/07/2013

Questions to Ask
Before

Signing an Apartment Lease


Before you sign a contract for a housing rental, be sure you understand
all

of the terms in the contract.
Do not be afraid to ask if you have any question or are unsure of something in the contract.

1.

Are there any application fees?

2.

How much is the security deposit?


How much of the deposit is returned at the end of the
lease?


What will prevent me from getting my security deposit back?

3.

When is rent due?

4.

How long is the lease?

5.

After the initial term of the lease, will I need to renew for a year or will I be able to lease month to
month?

6.

Are there penalties for late payments?


What are the penalties for late payments?

7.

Is sub
-
leasing allowed?

8.

What are the lease breaking fees?

9.

What utilities are included in the rent? (water, trash, internet, tv cable, gas and electricity)

10.

Is internet, wireless or wi
-
fi available? For a fee? Pa
id by whom?

11.

What is the approximate cost for utilities that are not included in the rent?

12.

Are there any costs for setting up the utilities that are not covered in the rent? Who do I need to
contact to set up utilities that are not covered in the rent?

13.

How

big is the hot water heater and is the hot water heater shared with any other
apartments?

(This is a relatively important question, if there is a small heater, or if there is one
shared with your neighbor

who likes to take hour long showers right before
you have to get up,
you may end up taking cold showers more often than you’d like.)

14.

Where is the parking area?

15.

Is parking included in the rent or are there any additional parking fees?

16.

Is there a pool?


Can it be used by anyone?


Are there any additional f
ees for using the pool or gym
area?

17.

What happens if I accidentally break an appliance?

18.

How is routine maintenance completed for the unit?


Are maintenance people on call 24 hours a
day?


If not, who should you call if there is an emergency?

19.

Am I allowed to

paint the walls?

20.

Am I allowed to hang pictures with nails?

21.

Am I allowed to have overnight guests?

22.

What are the procedures if I decide to have a roommate at a later time?

23.

Do you require renters insurance?

24.

Are there any noise level restrictions?

25.

Where are t
he smoke detectors and do they work?

26.

If there is not an in
-
unit washer and dryer, where is the laundry and what is the cost?

27.

Can you get cell phone reception inside the apartment?

28.

Am I allowed to have pets?


If I don’t have one now, and I get one at a late
r date, will my lease
change?

29.

Is the complex on the bus line?
It is also important to find out if the apartment is on the city or
campus bus line. If the apartment is on the city bus line, find out if the bus stops near the
Informatics Building (10
th

Street and Woodlawn). Some bus routes go to other areas of
Bloomington so you would need to allow more time in your daily travel. An apartment on the
campus shuttle is most convenient because the shuttle stops directly in front of Informatics
buildings.

Bloomington Transit route information is available on
-
line at
www.bloomingtontransit.com
.

30.

Be sure you know what is furnished and what is not furnished before signing a lease.