If you’re transferring to CSU and on the hunt for housing, we’ve got some good news: it’s not as daunting as you might think. Transferring schools and moving to a new town can be challenging, but we’ve got some great resources and handy tips to make your search easier.
Off-Campus Life: Your ultimate community housing resource
If you’ve never heard of CSU’s Off-Campus Life department, sit back and enjoy; Off-Campus Life can help you find housing, roommates, assist with commutes, and even learn the nitty-gritty about budgets, leasing, purchasing a home, and more. Dive right in with CSU’s RentalSearch, or check out some of your housing options below.
Shared housing with roommates
There’s a variety of options if you want to live solo in Fort Collins, ranging from studio apartments to houses. Dive right into listings, or take a look at a list of property management companies, apartment complex lists, and learn about the Fort Collins Housing Authority’s affordable housing options.
The Neighbor to Neighbor HomeShare program allows Larimer County homeowners aged 55+ to offer housing to home seekers in exchange for light housework, gardening, or even occasional companionship. Both parties are interviewed by a housing counselor, and an extensive compatibility system ensures a great match.
Put down roots: Purchasing a home
If you’re a seasoned renter, have a family, or you just know you’re ready to make Fort Collins home, OCL offers a variety of ways to help you move beyond tenant life. The First-Time Homebuyer course covers everything you need to know in the entire home-buying process, including how to choose a realtor, the ins and outs of loans, and beyond.
Getting to campus
Living off campus doesn’t mean you’re doomed to pay high parking rates; there’s a lot of transit options to get you to and from classes for little-to-no cost. Fort Collins’ bike-friendly environment makes cycling commutes easy, and the bus is free with your RamCard. CSU’s campus shuttle, Around the Horn, is a free, cross-campus bus that can help you get around campus when you’re in a rush.
On-Campus Transfer Residential Communities
Want the convenience of a quick commute to class and the benefits of a built-in community of transfers just like you? CSU’s Transfer Residential Communities provide just that. These on-campus communities are comprised of transfer students who appreciate the perks of on-campus living, including access to five on-campus dining centers. In addition, there are Transfer Transition Leaders available to assist with your transition to CSU, and programming and resources designed with transfer students in mind.
Please note: The transfer floors fill up quickly in the fall. Occasionally a limited number of spots become available in the spring semester. If you are starting in the spring and you are interested in living on campus, please contact University Housing to discuss options.
CSU’s University Apartments are all located on or near campus, with options for upperclass undergraduate and graduate students, students with families, visiting scholars, and Post-doctoral Fellows. Undergraduate transfer students who are exempt from CSU’s Live-On Requirement are eligible to apply for Aggie Village, but keep in mind that this community fills up quickly so it is wise to put in an application to live in the halls as your backup option. The University Apartments offer community living that blends the kinds of activities and support you’d get while living in the residence halls, but with the freedom and privacy you’d find living off campus.