New Student Move-In - Andy McNeill


IT’S STILL A RENTER’S MARKET!  There are many more quality rentals available then there are students to rent them.  New listings continue to be posted January through as late as August for the following school year.  Property owners will  sometimes reduce rent prices, include certain utilities and offer more flexible lease terms as the new Fall Term draws near. 

Be sure to check the Rental Resources website often for the latest listings!!!

Off-campus Housing Qualifications

As a UW-Platteville student, your first concern is to meet the qualifications necessary to live off campus. University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents policy states that all freshman and sophomore students must live in university residence halls unless they meet established criteria for exemption. Exceptions to this requirement are authorized with the appropriate completion of a Request for Exemption form available in the Residence Life Office in Royce Hall, for the following reasons:

  1. Students who commute daily from the home of their parent/legal guardian (50 miles or less)
  2. Students who are 21 years of age or older
  3. Students who have been out of high school for at least two years
  4. Students who have 60 or more post high school university credits
  5. Students who are married

Once you complete a residence life contract, however, you will be held to it regardless of any of the above criteria.

Students are not released from the requirement unless they receive written authorization from the Director of Residence Life.


Housing Fair

The Office of Rental Resources sponsors a Housing Fair to be held in October of each year. Our fair is the easiest and most convenient way for students to start their housing search and collect a variety of information on available properties and services. If you are not sure where you’re living next semester or next year, or if you just want to learn more about preparing to move off campus you do not want to miss this event! The Housing Fair is not a place for students to go to sign leases or feel any pressure to do so. Rather, it is an opportunity to ask questions, find out information and learn more about local options. 

Moving Off Campus

When you move off campus, you become a member of the community and are responsible for your own safety.  Keep this in mind when searching for a place to live.  Living off campus is very different than living in a residence hall.  Each has advantages and disadvantages and students need to take these into consideration before taking the plunge to move off campus.  Now that you will be living on your own, it is important to educate yourself as a tenant in Wisconsin. You will need to know your rights and responsibilities to help avoid problems before you sign your lease.

A Monthly Budget Summary and Apartment Comparison Grid will help you determine rental payments you can afford and what to look for when viewing rental properties.  If utilities are not included in the rent, before agreeing to rent an apartment/house you should ask the landlord for the apartment's "average utility costs." If the landlord does not have this information, you can contact the utlity company directly.


It is highly recommended that you inspect the property you would like to rent prior to signing a lease. Tenants msut be allowed to inspect copies of all written agreements before paying any money to the Landlord or signing any rental agreement. [Wis.Admin.Code 134.03(1)]  Read the lease carefully!!! Don't be pressured into signing or paying for anything that appears suspicious or that you do not understand. ONCE YOU SIGN A LEASE, YOU HAVE ENTERED INTO A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT. Make sure that you receive a copy of the fully signed lease-one that has all tenant signatures and the Landlord's signature!

Types of Leases

  • "Joint and Several Liability"When more than one person is on a lease, they are typically held "Jointly and Severally" responsible for rent and damages.  This means that if a roommate fails to pay rent, violates a lease clause or damages the unit, the landlord may go after any tenant/co-signor that they choose to remedy the situation. It is a good idea to spell out some basic rules in a Roommate Agreement which should establish each roommate's obligation to the others.  All roommates should sign, date and keep one copy of the Agreement in their own personal file.  Execution of a Roommate Agreement does not alter the "joint and several liability" of the Rental Agreement with the landlord.  However, it may be useful if a dispute among roommates arises.
  • Individual Leases - In this case, each tenant (roommate) will sign his/her own separate lease for a shared rental.  This type of lease should make each person responsible for only their share of rent or damages. If you will be living with roommates whom you do not know, it would be a good idea to ask the landlord to let each roommate sign an individual lease. Landlords may, but do not have to, let you and roommates sign separate leases.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

  • Search the rental listings on our website and find valuable information/resources to help in your search.
  • Check out the landlord.  Use the links on the right to research the Wisconsin Court systems and the City of Platteville website to check for violations.  Make sure that the landlord holds a current valid rental license if required by the City and that he/she is in compliance with applicalble local, state and federal rental codes.

Rental Resources: Utility Payment Assistance

Utility Payment Assistance

Need help paying your heating or electric bills?  The Grant County Energy Assistance Program may be able help.  Click HERE for more information about this Statewide program.  Contact the Grant County Department of Social Services at 608.723.2136 to see if you qualify for assistance and for help in completing an application.

Rental Resources: Scam Alert



 The City of Platteville and UW-Platteville campus continue to be a target for rental scams, with college students who advertise sublets frequently being targeted. Please follow these simple common-sense rules to avoid being a victim:

  •  Deal locally with people you can meet in person.
  •  DO NOT rent to someone who wants to take the apartment without viewing it in person first.
  •  Fake cashier checks and money orders are common. Banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fraud is discovered weeks later.
  •  Never give out financial information.

Please click here for more information on Rental Scams.


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