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Staying Well Off-Campus

A guide to life in the Thread City!

What you need to know about living off-campus as an Eastern student


So you’re thinking about moving off campus…

Or, maybe you've been living off campus for years...

The decision to live off-campus is one that can be very exciting! For some, it is the first time they’ve lived alone and without close supervision. This freedom can be a wonderful learning experience. However, for some, it doesn’t provide the wonderful, growing experience they are looking for. This guide is designed to help you think through all you need to know in order to have a safe, successful experience living off-campus.

Do you know what to look for in a good lease?
Do you know your legal rights as a renter?
Do you know your landlords rights?
Do you know if you need renters insurance?
Do you know how much it costs to live off-campus?
Do you know how to find a great, safe apartment?

Most students answer “No” to most or all of the above questions. The information below will help you answer them so you can maximize your chances of having a great off-campus experience!

Visit these pages to help answer some of the above questions:

Are you really ready to live off campus?

Four Things to Think About Before Signing a Lease

Off Campus Safety

Laws and Ordinances

Downloadable Forms

(Requires Office 2007)

Website Resources
Monthly Budget Worksheet -keep track of your income and expenses to avoid sticky money messes or over using credit!
National Foundation for Credit Counseling -Find out how too keep your credit safe and healthy!
House Cleaning Planner- Great for roommates!
Windham Chamber of Commerce -Find out about local shops and businesses!