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        tips for roommates




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                                                            Off-Campus Student Services is located in room 119 of the
A roommate can make or break a student’s year. The




                                                                                                                         vCu
                                                            Commons. The Off-Campus Assistants can answer most
right match is extremely important. Save time money
                                                            questions. Call 828-7205 and remember to attend Moving
and frustration by using the following tips:
                                                            On, Moving Out.
+ friends don’t always make the best roommates.             Martha Harper, the Off-Campus Student
+ Discuss study habits. Will there be some sort of          Services Coordinator, is available to any
  “quiet hours?” What about guests and overnight            student who needs help.


                                                                                                                                            preparing for your
  visitors? Discuss parties. Will there will be any?        University Student Commons, room 120

                                                                                                                                            first apartment
+ prepare and compare your budgets. Are your parents        828-6500 + offcampus@vcu.edu
  paying? What is their budget? Make a plan for
  utilities. Will everyone have separate cell phones?
  Will there be cable and if so, what package?              Your Resident Assistant is also a great resource
                                                            for advice, locating assistance and helping with
+ Discuss the lease term. Most are 12-months but some       this transition.
  students go back home for the summer.


                                                            more information
+ Make a cleaning agreement. include sweeping,



                                                                                                                        Contents:
  dusting, cleaning the bathroom, etc. Think beyond
  your own messes.
+ Agree on a food policy.                                   + Off-Campus Student Services Office, Student Commons,
                                                              room 119 + University Student Commons & Activities +
+ Establish drinking/smoking rules.                           Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services         + SEARCH & SAfETY TipS
+ What is the roommate relationship? Are you looking        + 907 floyd Ave. + Richmond, VA + 23284-2032                + pROgRAMS fOR fiRST TiME REnTERS
  for a friend or strictly a business/living arrangement?     828-7205 + www.usca.vcu.edu/offcampus                     + MOVing TiMElinE
+ Communicate concerns as soon as they happen.              + Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.                       + inTERnET RESOURCES
+ never pay rent or utilities in cash. pay with a             friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                  + ROOMMATE TipS
  check or money order, even when you are just                Saturday (during the spring semester): 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  paying your roommate.                                     + no appointment necessary.
+ Use roommate contracts. A google search for
  roommate contracts produces lots of useful
  results to get started.




     for more info visit:
                                                                                                                                University stUdent Commons & ACtivities
                                                                                                                           division of stUdent AffAirs & enrollment serviCes
           www.usca.vcu.edu/offcampus                                        VCU is an EEO/AA institution. SCA1011-83
 searCh tips                                                                                                                                      oCss programs
 + VCU has great apartments surrounding the campus on all sides. Start with the Off-Campus                                                        *Moving On, Moving Out is an annual education program for students seeking
   Student website www.usca.vcu.edu/offcampus. it contains neighborhood descriptions                                                              their first apartment. This two-hour program covers:
   and many more details about the apartment hunt.                                                                                                Apartment Searching + Roommate Tips + Viewing Apartments: What to look for +
                                                                                                                                                  Understanding leases/Contracts + proper Communication with landlords + Moving
 + Attend Moving On, Moving Out* for tips from experts and experienced students. Use the                                                          Out procedures + Safety + Community Responsibility
   Off-Campus Living Fair** to wander around and decide what kind of lifestyle you want.
                                                                                                                                                  *Moving On, Moving Out Program Dates:
 + Search wide. Everyone wants to live near campus, and landlords use that to their                                                               feb. 14 + March 1 + March 30 @ 6 p.m. + Commons Theater
   advantage. The private properties “on-campus” are often overpriced and of poor quality.                                                        parents are welcome! food while supplies last!
   Use caution when landlords advertise “on-campus” housing. go out five, 10, even 20
   blocks, and prices get lower, quality gets better and the university culture still abounds.                                                    **Off-Campus Living Fair
   it only takes a minute to walk a block! invest in a bicycle, and you are at school in no time.                                                 March 31 10 a.m. @ 3 p.m. + Commons
                                                                                                                                                  prize giveaways! Drop in MoMo workshops in room 119 of the Commons most friday mornings,
 + Use the USC&A Off-Campus Housing database at www.usca.vcu.edu/offcampus/                                                                       January–April from 10–11 a.m.
   housing. Register with the site and begin by reading the message boards. Try adding your
                                                                                                                                                  My Big Green Neighborhood Tour
   own post, then search apartments for rent. Click on the neighborhood(s) you desire. Don’t
                                                                                                                                                  feb. 15 + March 2 + March 31 @ 12:30 p.m.
   be afraid to look at sublets. Use caution, the VCU housing database is a public forum just                                                     Tour the neighborhoods surrounding the Monroe park Campus on the “To the Bottom and Back Bus.”
   like any other internet-based sales or search programs. VCU does not inspect or approve                                                        lunch will be provided.
   private housing. See safety tips below.



Before moving…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1 Day
                                                                                                                                                                                2 Weeks                                    Make sure you have a full go
                                                                         3 Months                                         1 Month                                     Contact Dominion VA for power,                    ahead from landlord and think about
                                                                    Sign up to the Off-Campus                         figure out your moving                        City of Richmond for gas and water,                    what you may have forgotten.
                                                                Housing Web site, look for places                  logistics. Two friends and a                       an oil company, if using oil heat,
      Stop! put on the brakes. There will                        that match your lists, also check                 pick-up truck? Start packing                                  and cable.
  always be apartments available. January                     local newspapers and bulletin boards.                   your rarely used items.                                                                                                         Moving Day
 is too early for August apartment hunting!                                                                                                                                                                                                 Before unpacking! plug in your large
  first, attend Moving On Moving Out and                                                                                                                                                                                                        appliances, sweep the floors,
  get educated about what you are doing!                                                                                                                                                             1 Week                                 dust and wipe out drawers, clean the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Make a moving day survival kit. include
                                                                                                                                              3 Weeks                                                                                      kitchen, etc. Unpack bedding and make
                                                                                                                                                                                       keys, payment for movers, basic tools,
                                                                                                                                     notify the post office of your                                                                       beds first. Unpack bathroom and kitchen
                                  4 Months                                                2 Months                                                                                     bathroom necessities like soap, towel
                                                                                                                                   change of address. Call the phone                                                                       essentials. now take your time, put on
                            Think about what you want.                            View apartments and narrow                                                                          and Tp, quick kitchen set-up, snacks and
                                                                                                                                   company and arrange for land line                                                                      some music, relax in your new space and
                           Choose your roommate(s) and                            your choices. Sign a lease.***                                                                       cleaning supplies, etc. finish packing!




                                                                                                 safety tips
                                                                                                                                    service if you intend to have it.                                                                             enjoy your independence!
                        figure out your budget. Make lists,
                       the “must haves” and the “wishes.”




        ,
                             never compromise safety.




 it ’s your Community
                                                                                                                                                                                         + living on the first floor? Keep your windows locked or bar
                                                                                                                                                                                           your windows.
                                                                                                 + When using our site, craigslist, or any other public forum,
                                                                                                   never go alone to an apartment, never accept money from                               + Women should enroll in Rape Aggression Defense Training
                                                                                                   someone you have not met or pay money for an apartment                                  (RAD). it is free to students. for more information, e-mail
 Student’s lifestyles are as diverse as the neighborhoods                                                                                                                                  Corporal Jody Atkins at jmatkinsvcu.edu.
 that surround the school. Most of the neighborhoods                                               you have not seen, and ask to see a person’s identification.
 that students typically move into have a high portion                                           + Secure your vehicle and lock all valuables out-of-sight.                              + Keep a record of credit card numbers and serial numbers of
 of students but also a unique history and a strong                                                Observe the car carefully before getting in.                                            valuable equipment. indelibly mark property with a student’s
 neighborhood association. Students living in the city                                                                                                                                     last name, driver’s license number and the abbreviation for the
                                                                                                 + Your landlord’s insurance does not cover your                                           licensing state. Register your bike with the Richmond police.
 of Richmond are encouraged to take the three simple-                                              possessions. Make sure to get renter’s insurance.
 steps below to insure their safety, get the most from
 their experience, and represent VCU to the city at large:
    + Meet Your neighbors.                                                                                    ReMeMbeR: if you sign a lease it means you read it, understood it and agreed to it, even if you didn’t! Do not
    + Research, Study and Know Your neighborhood
    + get involved With Your Capital City
                                                                                                      !       sign two leases, i.e. Residence life & Housing and an off-campus property, you are financially committed to both
                                                                                                              contracts! So slow down, step back and take some time to make decisions that are right for you.

				
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