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Information for on-campus housing can be found by visiting housing.appstate.edu.  For off-campus housing, click on the blue button below labeled "Off-Campus Housing".

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*DISCLAIMER: Appalachian State University offers this site as a convenience to the University community. The University does not manage or own any of the properties listed here, with the exception of University Highlands. The University has made no independent investigation of, and makes no representations or warranties regarding, the suitability, fitness, condition or safety of the properties listed on this site or the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. The University does not recommend or endorse any of the properties or companies listed on this site. It is the sole responsibility of the students or other users of this site to check out the properties and/or landlords listed. The University is not responsible for any liability or damage arising from the use of information on this site.

Important information about student housing for next year (2017-18)

Published October 5, 2016 By Karla Rusch

Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about where you will live next year (academic year 2017-18).  Below is some information to help you get started:

On-campus or off-campus?

Students currently living on campus will receive information from University Housing in December about re-applying to live in the residence halls next year.  Students who plan to move off-campus, or are not sure about their housing plans for next year, should start to research and discuss their options this fall, so that they will be informed and prepared to make a decision about their future living situation after winter break.


It’s never too early to start researching housing options.  However, we do not generally recommend entering a lease for the next academic year prior to winter break.  Off-campus leases are typically for 12 months and run from August through July.  Many students sign leases for the coming school year during January, February, and March.  Even after March, there is still rental housing available in the community – but some housing options may fill up sooner than others and may no longer be available after the early part of the year.  It’s important for your student to carefully investigate any potential rental housing before signing a lease!


  • Websites: The University provides two websites with resources for finding off-campus housing:  offcampus.appstate.edu and offcampushousing.appstate.edu
  • Programming:  The Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services partner with University Housing to provide “Housing Options”, a one hour presentation about both on-campus and off-campus housing.  This presentation is designed primarily for students currently living in the residence halls who are moving off-campus or are uncertain about where to live next year.  The focus of the program is on helping students to be informed consumers when entering the rental market.

Housing Options will be held on the following dates:

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 12:00 noon

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12:00 noon

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:00 noon

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12:00 noon

All programs will be held in the New River Room on the 1st floor of the Plemmons Student Union.Please encourage your student to attend!

  • AppState Housing Fair – Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. International Hall, Plemmons Student Union:  Sponsored by Student Government Association (SGA) and Off-Campus Student Services, this is an opportunity for students to learn more about an array of off-campus housing options offered by 20+ local rental companies.
  • Individual Consultation:  A licensed attorney is available to review leases and answer student’s questions through the Student Legal Clinic located in the Dean of Students Suite on the 3rd floor of the Student Union.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling (828) 262-8284.

House Calls 2016: Creating Connections with Off-Campus Students

Published September 1, 2016 By Karla Rusch

On August 31, 2016, more than 60 volunteers (primarily AppState faculty and staff) visited over 1,900 off-campus student apartments to greet and welcome students to the community and provide important safety resources on an AppCares magnet.   We estimate that this year's event reached over 5,000 off-campus students!  House Calls is just one way that Appalachian State works to connect with off-campus students, who are a large and important part of our community.  Look for other events, activities, and opportunities for off-campus students to get involved and give feedback on their off-campus experience in the coming semester and academic year.

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"10 Things to Inspect Before Renting an Apartment" -- Time Magazine

Published October 7, 2015 By Karla Rusch

According to Time Magazine, real estate experts say these are the most important things to check when you’re doing your due diligence on a rental property before signing the lease.  Although the article is geared towards an urban setting, this "top ten" list is a great starting point when considering any rental property. For more suggestions on what to look for and what questions to ask when deciding where to live, go to "What to Know Before You Start" under the Off-Campus Housing button on our website.

Off-Campus Housing podcast published in AppState online magazine

Published October 5, 2015 By Karla Rusch

Last fall, the Director of the Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services sat down in the University Communications recording studio for a conversation about off-campus housing issues.  The following "AppX" podcast was published in the online edition of Appalachian Magazine in May 2015.  We're posting a link to the podcast now because it will soon be time to start thinking about housing options for next year (i.e. academic year 2016-17).  Look for more information about how to decide where to live and how to find the right housing for you on this page in the coming months.  In the meantime, check out the podcast!

The Off-Campus Student Services Office is a partner program of the Student Legal Clinic.

Click here to visit the Student Legal Clinic website.

Off Campus Housing and Roommate Search

The University provides a searchable database of available rental properties, which includes listings by rental companies and posts by students who are looking to sublet or need a roommate.  Click here to visit the Off-Campus Housing Database.