Off Campus Housing Considerations

The following includes a list of questions to ask when looking at potential houses or apartments to help evaluate the property. Additionally, feel free to download and print the Off Campus Housing Checklist (PDF, 16 KB) to fill out and take with you.

Certificate of Compliance

Does the property have a Certificate of Compliance?

The city of Kalamazoo maintains an aggressive certified housing program which ensures that the rental units are up to code. Every rental unit in Kalamazoo must be registered and certified by the city. The rental certification and inspection process ensures that all tenants have a safe, quality place to live. Before you rent, make sure your potential landlord has a Certificate of Compliance.

Monetary Concerns

How much is the following:

  • Rent
  • Application Fee
  • Security Deposit
  • Cleaning Fee

What type of lease do you offer and for how long?

Is a cosigner required?

Utilities and Services

Which of the following services does the landlord provide and is included in the cost of rent?

  • Heat (is it electric, gas, or oil?)
  • Garbage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Cable
  • Snow removal
  • Lawn care
  • Telephone

Location & Parking

What is the distance from campus?

Where is the nearest bus routes?

How many parking spaces are available?


Which of the following amenities are included?

  • Furnished
  • Pets allowed
  • Pool
  • Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Screens on windows
  • Hang pictures
  • Storage

Additional Comments

Be sure to capture additional information. The more notes you take, the better!