Our site is your one stop shop for all off-campus needs. If you are a commuter student, residence hall student transitioning off campus, a landlord, or even a parent of an off campus student we are here to help you!
Whether you are a current commuter, a residence hall student transitioning to off-campus, or international student just getting acquainted to the area, we are here for you! Our site is full of resources about the surrounding communities. Take a look around our site, and if you have any questions feel free to contact the ZipAssist office!
Interested in off-campus housing for next semester? Feel browse our housing list to see what's available!
We understand moving off campus or adjusting to a new area can be a big deal. We try our best to be availble for you and connect you with as many resources as possible. Check out our frequently asked questions list to get the basic information, and do not hesitate to contact the ZipAssist office for more information!
If you are looking to rent in the campus area, our off-campus housing site will help!
On the site, you can find single family/duplex housing, apartment units and single rooms to rent for off-campus living. Students, if you want to sub-lease your rooms in housing and apartments units or search for possible roommates utilize our Facebook Group to post your listings!
Moving guide for students
First things first: Whom to notify
Preparing for your change of address includes letting the following people/companies know your new contact information:
- Present and future post offices (www.usps.gov)
- Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov or call 1-800-829-3676)
- State and federal tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed
- Telephone, electric, gas, and water companies
- Banks and credit unions
- Insurance companies and credit card companies
- Magazine, journal, and catalog subscriptions
- Doctors, dentists, and other service providers
- Don't forget to tell friends, employers, and relatives!
The Postal Service recommends that you complete your change of address form 30 days prior to your move date
Before packing, it is helpful to take stock of your belongings. Are there ways you can reduce the amount of belongings so that packing and moving is made easier? Make some lists of things you can give away, replace once you move, sell, or recycle...
Be sure to label boxes. It will be less overwhelming to have clearly marked items and room locations for them.
Make the move easier
- Sort through and get rid of unwanted belongings.
- Contact current utility companies to disconnect and begin service at a new place
- Send out change-of-address information
- Obtain boxes and packing supplies from grocery stores and convenience shops that have leftovers from shipped merchandise.
- Pick up additional moving supplies including tape, rope, and labels.
- Choose a truck rental or moving service.
- Make your reservations in a timely and expedient manner based on the time of year you plan to move.
- Start packing!
- Pack a separate bag with hammer, screwdriver, flashlight, batteries, trash bags, light bulbs and a telephone.
- Be sure to have toilet paper, soap, a towel and first aid supplies.
- Keep track of keys, wallet, checkbook, prescription medications, address book and computer discs.
- Before you leave for your new home, be sure to clean up!
- If you choose a truck rental company, pick up the rental truck. (Call the day prior to your move to verify your reservation.)
- If you plan to drive your car to your new home, be sure to check the oil and gas in your vehicle. Having your vehicle properly serviced prior to the move will also be helpful.
Stop by any U.S. Post Office to pick up a copy of the Mover's Guide. This publication has tips for organizing, packing, getting settled, and more. Changes-of-address forms are included. Also check out the U.S. Post Office Mover's Guide.
Be sure to check out Resource Manual for more helpful connections for you!
Use this interactive budget sheet to make sure you are able to live the way you want!
Safety on Campus
Campus safety is a priority at UA, our safety website describes these measures and provides advice for students on how to live smartly as part of a vibrant urban environment.
Smart precaution: The valuables inventory
If your student lives or is planning to live off-campus, feel free to fill out a valuables inventory.
Myths and Realities
People sometimes assume that there aren't very many commuters on our campus, discover the facts regarding this and other common myths about commuters on our Myths page.
See answers to you and your student's questions about off-campus living on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
More for Parents
The University has created a site just for you.
To view our up-to-date database and add your student housing to the list, please visit our off-campus housing page. This webpage is very user-friendly and will help students in their decision in finding their perfect place to live. A representative is available to answer your questions or post your advertisement at 1-800-461-3657.
If you would like to see the Akron Municipal Codes or would like to register your rental with the city of Akron, please visit this link.
Contact Off-Campus Living
First floor of Simmons Hall at the front desk
Fall 2016 hours
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.