As we approach the middle of fall semester many students and family members begin to discuss housing options for next year. Many students in Fort Collins are under the impression that housing is so limited that you have to sign a lease almost a year in advance to secure a place, but that’s just not true. The fall semester is a great time to start the research process, but not a time to rush in to making a decision. There are many options to consider, including living on campus beyond the first year requirement.
On-Campus Housing Options
- Returning to the Residence Halls:
Students who currently live on campus in the residence halls will be given priority access to select the residence hall room of their choice for the 2021-2022 academic year, which includes housing and dining options only available to returning students. Current residents will be sent details, including a link to the Live On returning student application, in early 2021.
- On-Campus Aggie Village Apartments:
As the only apartment complex on CSU’s main campus, Aggie Village is a great option for students who want to maintain a close connection to campus resources while also having the independence that comes with apartment living. Residents include singe undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, and visiting scholars. Residents who live in the residence halls for at least two years have priority at Aggie Village. Students interested in living at Aggie Village are encouraged to apply early as it tends to fill quickly. Visit housing.colostate.edu/apartments/aggie for more information and to apply.
If students are interested in moving off-campus it is important to understand that signing a lease too early without research can cause problems down the road. Waiting to sign allows students time to decide if they want to study abroad, look for compatible roommates, consider what a realistic budget looks like, and figure out the type of housing they want (apartment vs. house). Keep in mind, however, that if the student has very specific needs (i.e. a service animal, accessibility requirements), they will want to begin researching and will likely make a decision earlier in the process, to make sure those needs can be met. You can learn more about this process from this video.
Off-Campus Life’s Student Handbook will be available online at the Off-Campus Life Website. starting finals week, and it can be a great resource for students as they consider their options for next fall.
Additionally, on February 3th, 2020, students can attend the 36th annual Off-Campus Life Housing Fair. This year the housing fair will take place virtually, but students can still expect a high-quality experience that will offer the opportunity to engage with a variety of property managers all in one place.
Please encourage your student to take a breath and slow down before signing a lease. Now is the time for researching and sorting through housing options. Off-Campus Life offers a variety of resources and our team is available to answer any questions your student may have. Students can connect with Off-Campus Life staff via phone, chat, zoom, email or schedule an appointment by visiting our website.
Written by Off-Campus Life and University Housing at Colorado State University.