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Living Off-Campus

LOOKING FOR OFF-CAMPUS ADVICE? READ ON FOR OUR TOP FIVE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS!

Question #1 - "I AM A STUDENT LOOKING FOR HOUSING. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?"

Looking to live off-campus? From house hunting to paying rent, there are so many things to think about when looking to move into a rental house. Check out these resources to learn more and make the hardest part of renting a house moving in.

Covid-19 and Off-Campus Housing Learn More

Over the past year and a half, we have spoken to many students who have been impacted by COVID-19 who are living in student housing. We hope the guidelines below are helpful in keeping you safe:

House Hunting Learn More

House hunting for the first time can be scary. When should you start looking? What should be on a lease? Find out answers to these questions and more.

Neighbourhoods Learn More

Not sure where to look for housing accommodations? Take a look here for maps of neighbourhoods surrounding McMaster.

About a Lease Learn More

If you’ve never signed a lease before, it can seem daunting. Here are some basics to get you started, and set your mind at ease. Includes information about subletting.

Money Matters Learn More

Living on your own is a large financial commitment and as university students, we all know that money matters. Read more about all things money related when it comes to your lease.

Housing Scams Learn More

McMaster does not screen the landlords of the properties, so it is your responsibility to look carefully at the place you will be renting, and who you are renting from.

Question #2 - "I AM A STUDENT WHO RENTS OFF-CAMPUS. WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES?"

Be a Good Neighbour Learn More

This fall, McMaster’s Good Neighbour campaign is welcoming students to the surrounding community and encourage positive neighbourly interactions.

The campaign will include digital, print, in-person engagement and social media. Check this webpage again for more as the campaign continues.

Tenant Rights Learn More

When renting and living in a house that isn’t yours, it is vital to know your rights to privacy, safety and maintenance. Explore this area to learn more about what the rights are as a tenant living in a rental property.

Human Rights in Rental Housing Learn More

Everyone has the right to equal treatment in a household. Landlords are responsible for making sure housing is free from discrimination. Found out more about your human rights in rental housing.

Includes special note for International visitors.

Student Safety Learn More

Read on to learn some tips about staying safe while living off-campus.

QUESTION #3: "I AM A STUDENT WHO LIVES IN A RENTAL WITH THE LANDLORD/WITH THE LANDLORD'S CHILDREN. WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?"

QUESTION #4: "I NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT MY RIGHTS AS A TENANT OR PROBLEMS I'M HAVING WITH MY RENTAL HOME."

Question #5 - "I LIVE AT HOME AND COMMUTE TO CAMPUS. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ME?"