- ASK for a copy of the lease in advance and READ it carefully.
- DON'T be pressured into signing or paying for anything that appears suspicious or that you do not understand.
living off campus
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. Click HERE for full policy.
Students are not released from the requirement unless they receive written authorization from the Director of Residence Life.
The Office of Rental Resources sponsors a Housing Fair to be held in the Fall 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. The Fair is FREE for Students and no appointments are necessary!!
finding a place
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.
Be sure to do the following:
1. Vefify Your Landlord- Only rent from a licensed landlord. Although landlords listing through our rental website are licensed, you should not assume that rental properties listed elsewhere are property licensed. Click HERE for a current listing of valid Rental Licenses issued by the City or contact the Building and Rental Inspection Department at 608.348.9741 x 2231 for more information.
2. ASK for a copy of the lease in advance, and READ it carefully. DON'T be pressured into signing or paying for anything that appears suspicious or that you do not understand.
3. Inspection - Conduct your own walk-through of the property and document any damage before you sign anything. ALWAYS BRING A FRIEND WHEN VIEWING A HOUSE OR APARTMENT!
- Budget Spreadsheet
- Apartment Comparison Grid
- Disability and Service or Companion Animal Rights
- Housing Discrimination/Fair Housing Laws
- Roommates & You- Responsibilities
- Potential Roommate Questionnaire
- Roommate Agreement
- Roommate Emergency Information
- Tenants' Rights & Responsibilities
- Legal Services
- UW-Platteville Student Code of Conduct - You will still be expected to comply with university policies even when off campus. In addition to the university, you will now be subject to the authority of the police department in the area that you live.
health and safety
The City of Platteville and UW-Platteville campus continue to be a target for rental scams, with college students frequently being targeted. Please follow these simple common-sense rules to avoid being a victim:
When Subletting or looking for a Roommate:
- 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.
- Check references - Do a Google search on the person's name and email
- Always obtain payment before the subtenant moves in. If they ask to pay rent after they move in -THIS IS A SCAM!!
- Refuse Over-Payment
- 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.
Looking for Housing:
- Always view the rental before signing a lease.
- Google person's name and email to check for past scams.
- Surest Sign Of A SCAM is when the lister asks for money upfront!!! IF someone asks for this - walk away!
- NEVER wire money - this is the same as sending cash, once you send it, you have no way to get it back.
Please click here for more information on Rental Scams.
Click here for EXAMPLES OF FREQUENT SCAM EMAILS.