How to find housing as a transfer student

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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.

Please note that if you are transferring with fewer than 15 credits, you are required to live on campus unless you meet the exemption requirements.

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.

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Shared housing with roommates

Sharing expenses with others is a great way to cut costs and enjoy your college experience off campus. If you’re transferring from farther away and haven’t met any potential roommates yet, check out OCL’s roommate listings or attend one of several monthly Transfer Student Roommate Roundup sessions.

Living solo

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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.

HomeShare program

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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

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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

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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

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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.

University Apartments

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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.

Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.