La Salle New International Student Guide

Off Campus

Written By: cook

Brother Augustine Center for Off-Campus and Commuter Students

The Director and the Coordinator of Off -Campus Community act as advisors and liaisons for students who commute from home or live in off-campus apartments or houses. The Brother Augustine Center for Off-Campus and Commuter Students houses the Center’s office and includes a resource/lounge/small meeting area. The Commuter and Off-Campus Student Association (CAOS) plans social and educational activities so that students may become involved, meet one another, and stay connected to campus. For additional information on living in Philadelphia, go to the links below.

About Philadelphia
http://www.onebigcampus.com/
www.campusphilly.org
www.gophila.com

Public Transportation System
www.septa.com

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
www.phl.org

Leases and Contracts

Most housing arrangements are rented on a contract or lease basis; that is an agreement is made to live in the unit for a stated period of time, which most often is 12 months. There is also a lease for University housing. That means that you are legally responsible for all rent payments for that period, whether or not you live there, unless some alternative arrangement is made with the property owner.It is occasionally possible to sublet, which means the person renting the room or apartment rents the unit to another person. Such an arrangement must be carefully investigated before agreeing to it either as a renter or subletter. A deposit and the first month’s rent are usually required when signing the lease. The deposit is equivalent to one or two months rent. The property owner in whole will return this amount or in part when the contract terminates. Damages, cleaning and/or repair charges will be deducted.

It is important before signing a lease, to read it carefully and understand all the obligations. If there are questions about the lease, check with the property owner before signing it. Obtain a signed copy for your own records. Make sure that everything is in writing; do not depend on a verbal agreement. Once it has been signed, you are responsible for all of its terms.

For off-campus housing accommodations, the following are recommended:  York North Apartments (http://www.yonoapartments.com/) and Academia Suites (http://www.academiasuites.com/).  Many of La Salle’s international students reside in both complexes and they are both located close to campus.  La Salle’s shuttle services York North Apartments.  For a more cultural immersion in the heart of Philadelphia, the International House is located on University of Pennsylvania’s campus (http://www.ihousephilly.org/index.html). 

 These properties are offered as recommendations only.  The properties are not owned nor maintained by La Salle University.  Individual housing contracts must be signed between you and the property.

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