Before Signing Your Lease - Coastal Carolina University
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Before Signing Your Lease

We know that taking the step to move off campus or finding a place to live off campus as a commuter student can be very stressful. It is important that you take the time to research and compare various locations before signing a lease. As you prepare to sign your list, take the time to think about the following:  

Apartment Walkthrough Questions to ask with interior housing
Apartment Walkthrough Checklist  Questions to ask before move in



On-Campus Responsibilities

  • Have I completed my on-campus live-on requirement? If you are unsure, please review the Housing & Meal Plan Requirement 
  • Have I factored in paying for groceries or should I apply for a meal plan?
  • Is the off-campus housing within walking distance or will I need transportation?

Rent Payments

  • When is my rent payment due and who do I pay it to?
  • What forms of payment are accepted for rent?
  • Is there an application fee to apply to live at this location?
  • Are utilities included in the rent?
  • What amenities do I have access to by paying rent? Do they cost extra?
  • How much is the deposit? Does the deposit cover any portion of my first month’s rent?


  • How long is my lease? When does the lease begin and end? Are there different leasing options (6 months, 12 months, etc.)?
  • Am I allowed to break my lease? If so, what is the fee?
  • Am I allowed to sublease? What are the policies to change tenants and sublease?
  • Can I review my lease with a family member or legal team prior to signing?

Additional Fees and Questions

  • Am I allowed to use a co-signer?
  • Are pets allowed? What pets? What are the costs and policies regarding pets?