Hudson Valley Community College does not offer on-campus housing. The purpose of this guide is to ensure students have a successful off-campus experience while attending Hudson Valley Community College.
Current private homes, town homes, condos and rooms are available in the Online Housing Guide or for more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (518) 629-7348.
All the listings associative with this Online Housing Guide are privately owned and operated because of this, the Online Housing Guide is offered solely as a service for landlords and student tenants.
College personnel do not supervise the premises described, and the college does not become party to private landlord tenant matters.
College personnel will not become involved in any transactions between, or on behalf of landlords of, or tenants, such as directing or arranging the lease of a particular facility, collecting rents and deposits, paying damages, dictating terms of lease, or otherwise making the college party to private landlord matters.
The accommodations listed herein are made available without restrictions based on race, creed, handicap, sex or national origin.
Hudson Valley Community College assumes no obligation for damages or payment of rent, and will not employ any college sanctions to assure payment of financial obligations or to resolve differences between tenants and landlords.
Hudson Valley Community College assumes no obligation for compliance with local statutes for fire and Housing code inspections. We recommend the tenants request verification of said inspections.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO FINDING OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING
STEP 1: Decide what you can afford to pay each month.
Complete a prospective monthly budget. For information specifically regarding budgeting advice consult the Personal Budget section of this guide.
STEP 2: Decide if you want to live alone or with housemates.
Sharing a house or apartment with a roommate is a great way to keep expenses down.
STEP 3: Decide what type of housing you are looking for.
- Do you want to live somewhere that has a lot of other students?
- You need a place that's furnished?
- Are you going to have a pet?
- How long do you want to be committed to a lease?
- How much space do you need?
- Do you want certain amenities, such as a pool, garage, or exercise facilities?
The answers to all of these questions will help you determine if you would be more suited to renting an apartment, a condominium, a townhouse or a home.
STEP 4: Do some comparison research.
Once you've decided the type of property you are interested in, you can consult the right information source.
STEP 5: Narrow your search, and begin visiting properties.
- Generate a list of your top 5-10 picks, and call them to schedule an appointment to visit the property. (Remember, many offices are closed or have limited hours on weekends.)
- If you are going to have a roommate, make sure they go along with you.
- Once you're there, ask about flooding, incidences of crime, parking regulations, and the upkeep of the premises.
- Make sure to ask if there is a deposit and if it's refundable or not. Examine the outside of the complex; is it in good repair?
- Ask if the terms of the lease are negotiable (3, 6, 9, or 12 months; sub-letting allowed?).
- Understand the "rules" of the house/community regarding noise, visitors, smoking, parking, pets, etc.
- Understand what repairs/damages you responsible for and which are the responsibility of the manager/owner.
- If you're looking at apartments, make sure you ask to see the exact apartment you will be getting, and not just the model.
- Based on the information you've gathered, and your overall impression of the places you've visited, you should now be able to select a property.
STEP 6: Before you sign that lease...
- Read the lease!
- Also, realize that you may need a co-signer/guarantor (such as a parent) in order to secure a lease.
- A lease is a legally binding agreement. Should you break your lease, you are still responsible for paying the rent even if you are no longer there.
- The property manager/owner is not able to make allowances for roommate conflicts - if a roommate leaves the person who signed the lease is responsible for the entire rent payment.
It is your right to have the property manager/owner go over your lease with you. Ask them to do so.
STEP 7: Your search is over, now what?
Time to get set-up in your new home!
See the Utilities section in this guide for information on setting up your utilities, phone service, cable, and newspaper service. Make sure to visit the Renter’s Insurance section as well, to see how insurance will be an advantage with your decision to rent a property.
FINAL TIP TO REMEMBER…
After the landlord and all tenants have signed the lease, be sure to retain a copy for your records.
It is important to keep complete and accessible records in the event that a problem does occur.
Your records should include:
You will add copies of any communications, such as maintenance requests, you have with your landlord to this file. You may also include all of your utility forms, renter's insurance information, and a schedule of when you mail or deliver your rent.