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!

"Read the Lease" Campaign kicks off now!

Published October 1, 2015 By Karla Rusch

Approximately 2/3 of the Appalachian State University main campus student population -- about 11,000 students -- live off-campus in Boone and the surrounding community.  As we move further into fall semester, students are already beginning to think about housing options for the next academic year (2016-17).  The Office of Off-Campus Student Services and the Student Legal Clinic want to make sure that students who are considering moving off-campus next year -- as well as those who are already living off-campus, but may be looking to move to a different apartment or rental house -- have important information about how to choose the right off-campus housing for their needs.  One of the simplest and most important things you can do before you make a decision about off-campus housing is to read the lease!  To avoid surprises, extra costs, and legal problems down the road, make sure you read and understand your lease before you sign it.  If you have questions, or just want to go over the lease with someone who is familiar with legal documents, a licensed attorney can review your lease for free through the Student Legal Clinic located in Suite 324 of the Student Union.  Just call (828) 262-8284 for an appointment. 

You'll be seeing this message around campus over the next few months and into the spring semester.  Also, look for more information (coming soon!) about educational programs to help you choose the right housing for you.

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Local landlords partner with Appalachian State on suicide prevention training

Published March 11, 2015 By Karla Rusch

The collaboration between Appalachian State University and local rental companies continues to expand in important ways as companies that provide off-campus housing to students partner with the University on initiatives aimed at keeping students safe. Landlords are often on the frontlines in their interactions with student tenants who are dealing with stress, depression, or substance use. To learn more about how to respond to these situations, a number of rental companies have participated in an in-depth suicide prevention training provided by Elisabeth Cavallaro, Coordinator of the Survive and Thrive program on campus.   The Survive and Thrive training provides tangible tools for navigating a variety of challenging situations, as well as identifying helpful resources. The following rental companies have participated in the training:  University Highlands, Sofield Properties, Carefree Property Company, Village of Meadowview, Studio West, and the Cottages of Boone.  We commend these companies for their involvement in caring for the health and well-being of ASU students and look forward to providing training to additional members of the landlord community in 2015.  For more information about health and safety resources on campus and in the community, visit the AppCares website or the Survive and Thrive website.  

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

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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.