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Off Campus Housing
Residence Life and Housing

Off-Campus Living

Off-campus releases are offered to a select number of eligible students. Eligible students who apply for and are approved (by the College) may rent from a private landlord, in non-College owned housing. The college anticipates releasing approximately 50 students off-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

An off-campus lease should not be signed until a student has received formal approval from the College.

Students who do not submit the Housing Status Application by the deadline will not be considered for release later in the year, and will be assigned to on-campus resident status.

Off Campus Student Eligibility

  • Junior or Senior, or 20 years of age on the first day of the fall semester
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

  • Good financial
 and conduct standing

Changing Housing Status

For more information about changing to or from Off-Campus Status, explore the following resources:

Meal Plans

Off-campus residents may elect to add a meal plan at any time. A complete list of meal plan options and requirements can be found on the Tuition & Fees page.

Off Campus Housing Considerations 

Before signing a lease, consider the following items:

  • Questions to ask:
    • What current tenants have liked and not liked? Why?

    • What types of problems have occurred, if any?

    • Does the landlord provide service in a timely manner?

    • Does the landlord live in the area? If not, was a name of a manager in the area provided?

    • How are maintenance repairs done? Are maintenance concerns addressed in a timely manner?

  • Finances
 to consider:
    • Security deposit

    • Rent

    • Cost of utilities

    • Additional costs

    • Bethlehem City parking permit (zoned areas)
    • Impact of Off-Campus Status on your financial aid package

  • Maintenance: Identify who is responsible for general maintenance issues, as well as snow removal and lawn maintenance.

  • Parking: Off-Campus residents will only qualify for a Commuter Parking permit if their off-campus residence is outside of the half-mile radius from campus. Students living in the City of Bethlehem are subject to city parking ordinances. Parking regulations vary throughout the City of Bethlehem. Vist to review information about street parking and permits.

  • Pet Policies & Deposits: Does the space allow pets and what is the cost associated it?

  • Renter’s Insurance: Landlords do not carry insurance on students’ property and recommend that you have insurance. In the event of a natural disaster, theft, vandalism or fire, the tenant's personal belongings may be insured for their value. Students should check their parents’ homeowner policy to see if it will cover them in their off-campus location.

  • Utilities & Amenities: What utilities are provided and who is responsible for the costs?

  • Garbage & Recycling:

  • Disorderly Conduct