If you’re an Ohio University student who is moving off-campus this year, then you’re in for a world of new responsibilities. There’s a lot to learn before making the big move, and we want to make sure that you’re as prepared as possible. 

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most important things to know before signing that lease agreement. So whether you’re looking for your very first apartment or are just curious about what to expect, read this Ohio University move-in guide for more information. 

Know Your Responsibilities As A Renter

As a renter, you’ll be responsible for a lot of things that you probably weren’t before. Things like paying rent on time, keeping the apartment clean, and respecting your roommates’ (and neighbors’) space and privacy.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities as a tenant before signing a lease agreement. Ohio’s landlord-tenant law is a good place to start, as it outlines the basic rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants in the state.

Don’t Fall for Scams

Unfortunately, there are always people looking to take advantage of others, and the off-campus housing market is no exception. Be on the lookout for red flags that might indicate a scam, such as being asked to pay rent upfront without ever having seen the apartment, or being told that the lease can be broken at any time with no consequences.

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So trust your gut and don’t be afraid to walk away from a deal that seems too good to be true.

There Are Still Rules

Just because you’re living off-campus doesn’t mean that you’re exempt from Ohio University’s rules and regulations. In fact, you might be held to even higher standards as a renter.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with Ohio University’s off-campus housing policy, which outlines the expectations and responsibilities of students who live off-campus. Familiarizing yourself with the policy now will save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Make Sure It’s A Good Deal

Before signing a lease, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting a good deal. Ohio University has a handy smart renter guide on their website that you can reference for more information about off-campus rentals and leasing information.

Inspect The Rental Before You Move In

Once you’ve found an apartment that you’re interested in, be sure to inspect it thoroughly before signing the lease agreement. This is your chance to make sure that the apartment is in good condition and that there aren’t any hidden surprises. Things to look out for are mold, safety features, cleanliness, and potential troublesome roommates.

Research The Commute to School

If you’re planning on commuting to Ohio University from your off-campus apartment, it’s important to research the route and estimated travel time before signing a lease. No one wants to be stuck in traffic when they’re trying to get to class. Make sure that it has features you might want such as covered parking, a close bus stop, or bike parking.

Thinking of Moving Off-Campus?

So there you have it! Just a few things to keep in mind as you start your search for off-campus housing at Ohio University. Thanks for reading our Ohio University move-in guide. Be sure to do your research and ask lots of questions, and you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect place in no time.

If you have any questions, reach out to an off-campus housing expert at Wharton Rentals. We’ve helped hundreds of Ohio University students find great rentals and we’d love to help you too!

Wharton Rentals is committed to making the off-campus living experience a positive one for college students in Athens, Ohio.

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