Off-Campus Living

Plan Ahead:

  • 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.

Lease Agreement:

  • 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.

Moving Logistics:

  • 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.

Legal Responsibilities:

  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations related to housing and tenant rights.

Seek Support:

  • 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. ***

Leibrock Village houses graduate students in programs other than those at Brite Divinity School when space permits. For more information, please contact the director, Erin Houchin, via email or visit their website.