Living Off Campus at Bard
First-Year and Sophomore students are required to live on campus at Bard.Moderated or currently moderating students need to attend an information session and submit an intent to live off campus form before being released from their housing committment to Bard. This required form is not available online.
Required Information Sessions
Dates an locations for Fall 2016 will be announced in August.
- What is my budget? (Refer to the budget section for specific ideas.)
- Will I rely on the shuttle or do I have my own vehicle? How will shuttle service interruptions in the winter affect my ability to attend class?
- Are there ways that living off-campus could impact my academic and cocurricular involvement?
- Am I prepared to handle the time commitment of cooking my own meals and taking care of household chores? Would fulfilling these responsibilities be likely to interfere with my ability to complete all of my schoolwork?
- Decide if you will live alone or with roommates. If you will have roommates, how many? This will determine the number of bedrooms your apartment should have as well as the price range you can afford.
- Determine a budget, consider costs for rent, groceries, utilities (which may include water, trash, heat, electricity, etc.), and transportation.
- Talk with friends and peers who live off campus and see how they like the area, their landlord, and if they have any tips for finding a good place to live.
- You and your roommate(s) should discuss the price, approximate location and amenities of an apartment before you even start looking. If air conditioning or pets are a must, ask about this before you make an appointment to view the apartment.
- Consider transportation challenges. Keep in mind that if you rely on the Bard shuttle, disruptions in service will occur throughout the year due to maintenance and weather. Students should have a back-up plan for getting to campus in the event that the shuttle is not running.
- Know your rights. Make sure you are familiar with the New York State Tenants' Rights Guide (PDF).
- Carefully review your lease and ask questions before you sign. It is often best to have someone with legal experience review the lease prior to committing to it. Remember: once a lease is signed, it is a legal, binding document.
Note: We suggest you refrain from signing a lease until you have been approved to move off-campus.
- The Intent to Move Off-Campus form must be completed and returned to the Office of Residence Life and Housing by 3pm on Friday, February 12, 2016.
- Students who do not submit an Intent to Move Off-Campus form by Friday, February 12 will be charged for on-campus housing as they anticipate to participate in Room Draw.
- Students who notify the Office of Residence Life & Housing their Intent to Move Off-Campus after the deadline between Friday, February 12 and last day of Room Draw will be charged a $500 fee.
- Students who notify the Office of Residence Life & Housing their Intent to Move Off-Campus between the last day of Room Draw and May 31st will be charged a $1,000 fee.
- After May 31st students who notify the Office of Residence Life & Housing their Intent to Move Off-Campus - will be assessed the full cost the housing for the 2016-2017 academic year.
- Students who do not submit an Intent to Move Off-Campus form nor participate in Room Draw will be charged for on-campus housing.
- For students who submit an Intent to Move Off-Campus form, and then change their mind, there is no penalty.
- Decisions will be sent to your Bard email by 3pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
The College does not recommend specific landlords nor do we host a blog or landlord rating system. We encourage students to reach out to their peers for more information about prospective landlords, specific properties, and/or realtors. Additionally, students can utilize the online service ApartmentReviews.net or the Bard Classifieds.
House Sublet: REVISED: summer sublet in quiet neighborhood close to Bard
Available Off-Campus Housing20 most recent items posted in the Housing Board
Office of Residence Life & Housing
Location: Shea House
Important Informational Documents:
Important Informational Documents: