Helpful Tips for Renting

Choose a safe, well-maintained apartment with a reputable landlord. Find out if the landlord has ever been cited for any building code or fire code violations. You can call the Code Enforcement Office at 605-355-3465. If a formal complaint has been filed against the landlord, the information will be on file at the county clerks office. You may want to look for another landlord or apartment if there are violations.

  • Read everything before you sign any documents or a lease.
  • Complete an inventory of the rental before you sign your lease. Negotiate repairs and improvements before signing.
  • Visit a number of potential rentals.
  • Check out safety issues, parking, access to transportation, locations of stores and laundry facilities.
  • Don’t let yourself be rushed into anything; take your time and ask lots of questions.
  • Keep a copy of all agreements, contracts and your credit report in a safe place.
  • Get everything in writing. Verbal agreements are very difficult to verify. Make sure your rental agreement includes all promises made by the landlord.
  • Research your rights and responsibilities as a renter.
  • Be a good neighbor. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Let them know if you are going to have a gathering and be sensitive to their lifestyle and needs.
  • Be safe. Call 911 in case of any emergencies.

2022-2023 IMPORTANT DATES

Thanksgiving Break
Residence halls do not close

Winter Break - Halls Close
December 15 - January 7
Details available here

New Student Housing Sign-Up
Application Opens February 13
Visit the New Student Sign-Up Page

Lottery Numbers Emailed
Sent to emails on March 1
For returners required to live on campus

Spring Break - Halls Close
March 11 - March 19
Details available here

Returning Student Housing Sign Up
March 20 - March 26 varying by group
Returning Student Housing Selection

May Closing
Halls close at noon on May 6
5pm on May 7th for graduating students