Seven Helpful Steps to Off-Campus Living
STEP 1: Figure out the type of housing in which you want
to live. The Salisbury area has a wide variety of off-campus housing
options. Please take your time exploring different options
to find the best selection for you.
A list of local landlords and leasing apartment
complexes can be found at
STEP 2: Develop a financial budget.
Consider how much you can afford for rent, utilities, food,
transportation, entertainment and emergency expenses.
- Calculate the monthly rent and utilities that are required.
- The average cost of living off campus is approximately
$7,050* per academic year. Living with a roommate is usually
cheaper than living on your own.
- A good rule of thumb is to not exceed half of your monthly
allowance in rent.
STEP 3: Transportation
- Consider your transportation needs.
Find out more by checking out the Commuter Connections
On the Go page.
STEP 4: Choose the perfect roommate.
The Guerrieri University Center Off-Campus Housing Services
offers a “Students Looking for Roommates” service for all
Salisbury University students. Information or a form can be
obtained at the Guerrieri University Center Information
Desk. While deciding on a roommate here are some things to
- Meet the prospective roommate prior to signing the lease to
make sure you are compatible.
- Figure out your likes, dislikes, priorities and what you are
willing to compromise.
- Discuss all expenses and how you will share them equally.
STEP 5: Consider your dining options.
Find out more at
STEP 6: Here are a few things to consider prior to signing
— Make sure all doors and entrances shut and lock properly.
— Visit the area at night to ensure that it is well lit and
— For more information on safety tips and neighborhood crime
statistics contact the Salisbury Police Department at
- Term of Lease
— Consider the length of the lease and what notice is
required to terminate the lease.
— Make sure the lease is legitimate by having someone
knowledgeable look over it with you.
- Renters Insurance
— Protect your belongings by looking into companies that
provide renters insurance.
STEP 7: Get Connected!
Before moving in set up all services and utilities that will
be needed. Make sure you contact local utility companies at
least two weeks in advance to get services turned on.