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TitleCrossroads, A Student Guide to Living Off Campus - Villanova
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Table of Contents
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	SECURITY DEPOSIT
	RENTER’S INSURANCE
	CERTIFICATE OF
	OCCUPANCY
	SECTION IV – ESTABLISHING A BUDGET
	SECTION VI – BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR
	TIPS FOR GETTING ALONG IN YOUR
	NEW COMMUNITY
	Police Departments
	Utilities
	Telephone/Cable/Internet
	Townships
	Health Care
	United States Post Offices and
	Local Zip Codes
	Wayne 19087				(610) 964-0208
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Page 1

CROSSROADS
A Student Guide

to Living Off Campus

Page 2

1

A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS

Living off-campus for the first time can be a daunting task. This booklet
has been specifically designed to assist you in finding suitable housing,
understanding your lease, inspecting your new dwelling, making a budget
and in becoming familiar with local ordinances. The booklet was compiled
from a variety of sources both on and off the campus in order to make
you a smarter consumer.

In living off-campus you will interface with many people. The residents of
your new community have probably lived there for many years. They are
as anxious about you as new neighbors as you are about them. Remember
you are the newcomer – go visit your neighbors and introduce yourself.

The local townships each have their own ordinances and regulations, and
expect students to comply just like other residents. Your landlord should
provide you with a safe and habitable dwelling and must comply with cer-
tain township and county requirements. The relationship between you and
your landlord should not be adversarial, rather it should be a business ar-
rangement where both parties are treated fairly and respectfully.

Critical to a successful year are the roommates you choose. You already
know how living in close proximity requires each party to be sensitive to
the other. Choose your roommates wisely. Being good friends is not
enough. Discuss how you will pay the bills; shop for food; share cooking
arrangements etc. Make sure your roommates are responsible. You and
they have entered a legally binding document by signing a lease, and you
will be held accountable for paying your rent on time and for maintaining
the dwelling in good order. Knowledge of your rights and responsibilities
as a tenant can help you avoid needless expenses and hassles.

Living off-campus will undoubtedly provide you many positive experi-
ences and challenging opportunities for your own personal growth. Al-
though you live off campus, you are encouraged to actively participate in
the many opportunities on campus.

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RENTER’S INSURANCE

Renters face the same risk as home-
owners in cases of disasters striking
their dwelling. Your landlord may
have insurance, but this only protects
the building, not your things in it. We
recommend that you purchase
renter’s insurance because it can pro-
tect your belongings in case of disas-
ter.


CERTIFICATE OF
OCCUPANCY


Some townships require that a cer-
tificate of occupancy be filed for any
rental property. A certificate of oc-
cupancy certifies that a dwelling
complies with all housing ordinances
and may be occupied. IT IS THE
LANDLORD’S RESPONSIBILITY
TO FILE THIS CERTIFICATE
WITH THE TOWNSHIP. One
month prior to moving in, check
with you landlord or township to see
if this has been filed. If it has not,
you may not be able to move in.

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Check-in
Condition

Check-out
Condition

Front door & lock

Back door & lock

Mail box

Porch/Railings

Shrubbery/Lawn

Cleanliness outside

Kitchen:

Stove

Refrigerator

Garbage disposal

Dishwasher

Countertops

Washer/Dryer

Bathroom:

Sink

Toilet

Shower/Bath tub

Tiles

Mirror

Towel racks

For each room:

Windows/screens/locks

Flooring

Carpeting

Walls

Ceilings

Electrical

Microwave

SECTION III—MOVING IN
THE INSPECTION

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EX = Excellent G = Good P = Poor

Turn on the water, A/C, heat and check cable, phone jacks and every outlet.

Page 21

CROSSROADS
A Student Guide

to Living Off Campus

dean of students office
villanova university
213 dougherty hall

(610) 519-4200

fall 2010

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