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The First Apartment

When students move into an off-campus house or apartment, they take on a new level of responsibility to themselves, their roommates, and their neighbors. As students move into the neighborhoods, it is important for them to consider their personal health and safety, as well as relations with the members of their new community.

Of special concern are

  • Safety. When they check the condition of their new home upon move-in, they should also check for fire hazards, working smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors. They should know where fire extinguishers are and identify multiple exits from the building. If doors and windows are not secure, the landlord should be notified immediately.
  • Respect. Families and homeowners live in the communities around campus, and students are asked to regard their homes and neighbors with respect.

Information for students on fire safety, issues related to leasing and renting, and more is available at the University Student Legal Services website.