Rental Process Guide

We’ve got you covered from renting A-Z to ensure you make the best choice for your off-campus renting experience.

Make informed choices every step of the process

StepTo Do ItemBest time to complete
1Take Preferred Tenant Program CourseAnytime!
2Determine the best environment for you: house, apartment, neighborhood, and locationFebruary
3Select your roommatesFebruary
4Figure out what you can financially affordFebruary
5Make a list of your needs, must-haves, and wantsFebruary
6View your available options on the listing serviceMarch
7Set up and attend showings - take advantage of the Tour of Homes programMarch-April
8Fill out the rental application for your first choice, request a sample leaseApril
9Sign your lease after it's been reviewed by the University Legal Clinic for freeMay
10Get the keys, document the condition of the rental unit and then move inComplete check-in sheet within 7 days of receiving keys. Do not move-in until this is completed.
11Make an agreement with your roommate(s) if applicableJune-September
12Meet your neighborsJune-September
13Enjoy living off-campus
14Everything you need to know about moving outMay-August