- Start planning well in advance, ideally a semester or more before your intended move-out date.
- Consider your budget, location preferences, and the type of housing you want (apartment, house, shared accommodation).
- Calculate all anticipated expenses, including rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, and renter’s insurance.
- Create a budget and stick to it.
Research Your Options:
- Explore different off-campus housing options near TCU by attending our Off-Campus Housing Fair and using this site to help navigate location housing options.
- Consider factors such as safety, proximity to campus, public transportation access, and amenities.
- Decide whether you want to live alone or with roommates. Sharing expenses can be cost-effective.
- If you choose roommates, make sure you’re compatible in terms of living habits, cleanliness, and financial responsibilities.
- Carefully read and understand your lease agreement before signing. Pay attention to the terms, lease duration, and any penalties.
Furniture and Supplies:
- Determine what furniture and household items you need. Decide whether to buy new, used, or consider a furnished apartment.
- Start collecting these items gradually to spread out the costs.
Utilities and Services:
- Set up utilities (electricity, water, gas, internet, cable, garbage/recycling) in your name or coordinate with roommates.
Safety and Security:
- Invest in security measures such as door locks, window locks, and possibly a security system.
- Know your neighbors and keep emergency numbers handy.
- Explore transportation options to get to campus. Consider biking, walking, scootering, skateboarding, carpooling, or using public transportation.
- Organize the moving process well in advance. Gather packing supplies, boxes, and enlist help from friends or family if needed.
- Notify TCU of your new address for important mail and documents.
Community and Involvement:
- Stay connected with TCU by participating in on-campus events and activities.
- Join student organizations or clubs that interest you to maintain a sense of belonging.
- Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations related to housing and tenant rights.
- TCU may have resources and support services for students transitioning to off-campus housing. Reach out to the Housing and Residence Life office for assistance and advice.
Remember that the transition to off-campus housing is a learning experience. Take your time to adjust, and don’t hesitate to seek guidance from fellow students, faculty, or housing experts at TCU as you make this exciting move.
*** For details on off-campus living, including tips to make the transition smoothly, be sure to read the Off-Campus Brochure. ***