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Off-Campus Housing

 

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Although living on campus while attending West Texas A&M University is required, students who have fulfilled the housing requirement may choose to move off-campus.  This time of life will bring new experiences around every corner. It will also bring new responsibilities, as you will be making many decisions with little guidance or supervision. Commuter Programs is here to assist students in locating appropriate housing, renting information, and many more resources dealing with living off-campus.  If you have any questions, you can drop by the CORE office located in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Suite 103 or call 806-651-2313.


Do You Qualify to Live Off-Campus?

First things first, make sure that you have satisfied or are exempt from the University Housing Requirement.

Questions concerning exemption should be directed to Residential Living.

*Never sign a lease without first making sure you are either exempt or do not fall under the housing requirement.*


Finding a Place to Live

The Canyon/Amarillo areas offer a wide variety of housing options. There are several resources available to aid you in your search of off-campus housing. These listings are not approved or endorsed by the University or Commuter Programs, so please make sure to take the same precautions you would with any rental property.

Check out the links below for helpful information to guide you through the renting process.

Because of the variation in the quality of housing in Amarillo/Canyon area, it is highly recommended that you do not commit yourself to a place without seeing it first.


Moving In

Moving into your new apartment or house can be a very exciting time. But it is also a critical time to take various precautions and begin the documentation process. There are many steps you should take during move-in time.

  • Hook-up Your Utilities
  • Fill out a Move-In Checklist (PDF Document)
    • You want to walk through the entire unit, preferably prior to moving your furniture in, and document any and all damages/problems that you see. It is to your benefit to fill out the Move-In Checklist (PDF Document), make a copy for your records, and provide a copy to your landlord within the first 7 days of the lease term. 
    • You should also send a Notice To Repair Letter (PDF Document) to the landlord, outlining all repairs that need to be done.
  • Take Pictures and/or video of the unit
    • In addition to filling out the Move-In Checklist, you should also take pictures or a video of the unit, so that you have visual documentation of any pre-existing damages (preferably prior to moving in furniture).  Make sure you always keep a copy of any type of documentation for your records. Never hand over your only copy to anyone.
  • Purchase Renter's Insurance
    • It is highly recommended to have renter's insurance. Landlords typically have property insurance, but this does not cover your personal property. You want to make sure to have insurance to replace your belongings if they are damaged in a fire or stolen from your apartment. For example, it tends to be cheaper to add a policy to the same company as your car insurance. You may also be added to your parent's homeowner insurance (check with their company's policy for details). If either is not an option, it is still inexpensive to purchase renters insurance.


Living Off-Campus

Living off-campus can be a fun and exciting time. You should also be aware of your rights and your responsibilities as a tenant, roommate, neighbor, and community member.  Make sure you are also aware of your surroundings at all times and take all safety precautions to ensure you have a safe and healthy living experience off-campus.

  • Common Problems
    • While living in your off-campus apartment/house, you may have questions about your rights, your landlord's responsibilities, which Commuter Programs can assist you with. You may, unfortunately, run into some problems or have issues that you are not quite sure how to deal with. Commuter Programs will work with you to help you come to a resolution.
  • Safety Tips
    • There are many things that you can do to improve your own safety on and off campus. It is very important that you pay extra attention to your own security.


Moving Out

Moving out of your apartment/house can be a very hectic time, but there are a number of steps you need to take during the move-out process. Click here for more information.


Info For International Students

Welcome to WTAMU! Bienvenue! Hola! Willkommen! Xin chào! Namaste! Kon-nichiwa!  We welcome the opportunity to serve more than 200 International Students each year. Check out the links below for helpful information.



Referral List

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