Dean of Student Affairs

Off-Campus Housing: Before You Move

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For further information, contact:
The Dean of Student Affairs Office, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 845-758-7454
E-mail: dosa@bard.edu

Before You Move Off Campus ...

Renting an off-campus apartment takes time and patience. Choosing the right roommate(s) and housing is essential.

Living off campus can be exciting and fun, but also comes with great responsibility.


Before making the decision to move off campus, you should consider the following:

  • What is your budget? (Refer to the budget section for specific ideas.)
  • Transportation: Will you rely on the shuttle or do you have your own vehicle? How will shuttle interruptions in the winter affect your class schedule?
  • How will this impact your academic and cocurricular involvement?


If you decide to live off campus, consider the following:

  • Decide if you will live off campus 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, 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 are encouraged to 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. Once a lease is signed it is a legal, binding document.

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.