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These are some questions to ask yourself before you begin searching for your apartment. This can help you narrow your search so that you find something that is the right fit for your needs.
For more pointers and tips, here’s an article specifically designed to assist students avoid mistakes when looking for off-campus housing: https://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/student-housing-guide/
Students who are renting should be aware they have specific rights and responsibilities in the process. The following resources provide tips and information for individuals to consider prior to entering into a lease in Colorado. Here’s a handout for additional rights and responsibilities: Renters Rights and Responsibilities
Source: (Colorado Housing Connects, 2017 & University of Denver)
If you need additional help you can call the Department of Housing and Urban Development at 1-844-926-6632.
Here are additional informational links and guidelines:
Knowing your rights as a renter is very important. It is vital for a renter to read their lease and ensure they understand it. Each apartment community or landlord has unique terms of an agreement and it is your responsibility to know and understand it.
Most apartments will have an application fee before you sign the lease. The fee will allow the landlord to run a background check on you to see if you have a criminal history in the U.S., or to check your credit, before agreeing to rent their unit to you.
Leases are legal contracts which will obligate you to pay your rent for a specified amount of time to the property owner or property management company. Leases are often rather long documents. You should read the lease before you sign it! Read it carefully and keep a copy for yourself as a reference in the future. The lease will outline important parts of your agreement, such as when rent is due each month, rules regarding pets or parking, cleanliness of the apartment, etc. You should ask the landlord or property manager any questions you have before you sign the lease. Make sure you understand what your agreement will obligate you to do!
Breaking a lease can be difficult if you decide you no longer wish to live at your apartment before the lease is over. Make sure you understand what will be required if you do need to break your lease.
Know your rights as a tenant! Review some of the resources below to familiarize yourself with what is allowed (and not allowed) in Colorado in terms of what a landlord can do, and what you can do as a tenant:
Here is some additional information to review before signing a lease: Important Things to Know Before Signing a Lease
Before signing a lease, you should review what is included in the cost of your rent. Charges for your utilities are often separate from your general rent cost. Some rental companies will cover the cost of certain utilities, such as water, garbage/sewage, and internet, but many landlords or property management companies will require you to pay for these utilities on your own. Below are some typical utilities that may cost “extra” in addition to your general rent, as well as some of the popular service providers in the Denver area:
If the utility is not already included in your rent costs, you may need to contact a service provider directly to activate things like power, water, internet, etc. Some service providers have deals that allow you to purchase multiple services for a discounted price.
If you have roommates, you should discuss these utility costs and establish how they will be paid every month. The person who schedules the service, or the people whose names are on the leases, will ultimately be held responsible for these types of costs.
University of Denver Strum College of Law Civil Litigation Clinic: www.law.du.edu/index.php/law-school-clinical-program/clinical-programs/civil-litigation-clinic
Colorado Legal Services: coloradolegalservices.org
This page has been designed to provide you with information on the various neighborhoods in Denver. While looking at the various neighborhoods, it is important to take into consideration how close, or far away, resources are such as a grocery store, hospital, gas station, train station, RTD stop, parks, or restaurants.
The Denver Post is an excellent source for local, regional, and national news. Here’ an article discussing the different neighborhoods, where they are located in Denver, and favorite places and best kept secrets.
Here’s a link that will help you determine what is walkable from your home.
We also urge all students to take a look at the crime statistics for each neighborhood.
Zip Code-80203, 80218, 80204
Zip Code-80202, 80205
Zip Code-80211, 80212
Zip Code-80219, 80223
Zip Code-80206, 80220
Zip Code-80223, 80209
Zip Code-80230, 80220
Denver is full of events and activities year round with 300 days of sunshine! The options are endless and here are some links to help you plan activities in your free time on or off campus.
First, check out what events are happening on campus at MSU Denver: University Events
Then, see the endless options for activities in Denver and throughout the state:
Day Trips and Places to Visit Near Denver – VISIT DENVER
In Denver, a Mile High but Down to Earth – New York Times
The 15 Best Things to do in Denver – Trip Advisor
18 Best Things to do in Denver – U.S. News Travel
100 Things to do in the Centennial State – The Denver Post