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Off Campus Housing

Living on campus provides students with many educational benefits. For example, students who live on campus

  • Tend to participate in more extracurricular activities.
  • Interact more often with peers and faculty
  • Have a more positive perception of the campus climate.
  • Tend to have a higher level of satisfaction with the College experience.
  • Show greater personal growth and development.
  • Have a higher rate of persistence and degree completion.

Still, some students may find themselves in a situation where they would like to consider moving off campus campus. Before you do, consider:

  • COST: Many students assume that living off campus will cost less than living in a residence  hall. This may be true; however, it is possible that the costs may be similar, or that the cost of living off campus will be higher. When figuring costs, consider your portion of rent, initial deposit, last month’s rent, cost of food, cost of utilities that are not included with rent such as cable and internet. Also factor in furniture and appliances, laundry costs, and transportation to and from campus.
  • STAY CONNECTED: Many students may look forward to increased privacy and quiet of an apartment. The student should also consider that living on campus makes it easier for students to stay connected to other students on campus. Students may need to work harder to stay engaged when living off campus.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: You will be responsible for your lease, for paying bills, and for doing your own cooking and cleaning. 
  • ROOMMATES: Thank carefully when finding a roommate. Often good friends do not make the best roommates. Once you commit to sharing an apartment, it is a difficult decision to change. Unlike residence hall roommates, who can be changed, you will be committed to your roommates for the entire length of your lease.

Students considering moving off campus should first review Washington College’s  Residency Requirements Students must secure a written approval from the Student Affairs Office before signing an off-campus lease. If you currently live off campus, you must apply again for the coming year!

One last note about living off campus: You are no longer living on campus, but in the local community. Your neighbors may not be other students and will have a higher expectation of you in terms of managing noise, trash, and guests. Be respectful to your neighbors. Students living off campus are subject to local ordinances in addition to student conduct policy regarding off campus behavior. 

  Apply for Housing Exemption Here

 

Helpful Information for Off Campus Students

 
Tenant Rights Quick Info
Maryland Tenant Rights Q&A
 

Chestertown Information:

Trash Pick-up Information

Brush, grass and yard waste is picked up every Monday & Friday.

Regular trash will be picked up every Monday & Friday.

Recycling(paper, aluminum, and household plastics) will be picked up each Friday..

Chestertown Police Department

Call 410-778-1800 or, if there is no answer, call 778-1241 Kent County Communications.

Chestertown Constant Contact

Chestertown offers an email service that will let you know any alerts that you should be aware of in your residential area. Click on the link for more information.

Major Weather Events

What should you do in the case of extreme weather? Click here to find out.