Off Campus Housing Guide

Off Campus Housing Guide

There are many things to think about and that you should know before you begin your housing search. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you in your housing search to make sure that you find the best home for you.

If you are looking to move-in between June and August, the best time to look for off campus housing is in between Winter and Spring Break (January through March)

Step 1: Find Roommates

The first and most important step to looking for housing is to find a group of roommates you would like to live with. The roommate or roommates you select should be a group of people you are most comfortable living with. Remember that you will be committing to live together for a year.

Here are some questions to consider when looking for roommate(s):

  • Are you comfortable living with males and/or females?
  • Do you have similar living styles (very tidy, studies a lot, plays an instrument, smokes, similar majors, etc.)?
  • Do you want to share rooms or have your own rooms?

If you are not interested in living with a roommate, that’s okay. TempleTown Realty has studio and one-bedroom apartments for people who wish to have their own apartment.

Step 2: Know what you want

Now that you have gathered a group of people you would like to live with, the next step is to decide as a group what you are looking for in a new home.

Some of the most important things to consider are:

  • How many bedrooms are you looking for? Are you sharing rooms or want to have your own rooms?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you have a location preference?
  • Are there are any amenities that you cannot live without?
  • When do you need your lease to start?

Agreeing on what you want and need in a new home is the first test for a group of roommates.  If all roommates cannot agree on what you want or need in a new home, you may need to consider splitting the group or finding new roommates.

Step 3: Complete a Group Guest Card

Now that you have a solid group of roommates and know what you are looking for in a new home, the next step is to complete a TempleTown Realty Guest Card.  Copy and paste the following info and email us at

Phone Number:
Email address:
Current School address:
How did you hear about us?:
How many bedrooms are you looking for?:
Names of roommates in your group:
Current lease end date:
When is your group available to tour apartments?:

Once you have submitted Guest Card information, the leasing agent you will be working with will contact you to schedule apartment/house tours. Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first serve basis. During the peak leasing season (January through March), there may be a delay between the time you submit your Guest Card and your scheduled tour as there are many groups looking for housing.

Step 4: Tour Apartments and Houses

Now that you are ready to see apartments, here are some tour tips:

  • Don’t forget about the budget and apartment needs that you are your roommates agreed upon.
  • Take notes on the properties you see.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Off-campus is a very competitive market.  Be prepared to submit a Rental Application and reservation deposit if you see something you really like.

Step 5: Reserve an apartment or house

In order to reserve an apartment or house, your group will need to submit completed Rental Applications and a reservation deposit of one month’s rent.

There is no application fee however all fields on the application must be filled out.  Apply Now and complete an Equinox Rental Application.

The reservation deposit (one month’s rent) secures the apartment/house for your move-in and takes it off of the market.  Should you decide not to move into the property, the reservation deposit is non-refundable.

How to pay a reservation deposit:

Check or money order – You can pay a reservation deposit by submitting a check or money order made out to “TempleTown Realty.”  Payment can be mailed or dropped off at our office (there is a drop box to the left of our front door for after hours drop offs).  Please make sure that your name and apartment address are written on the check.

Credit/Debit card or e-check – You can pay a reservation by making an online payment via credit/debit card or e-check.  After you have completed an online Rental Application, click on the “Pay Deposit” tab to pay the deposit of one month’s rent.  You can also pay a deposit online here.  Please note that service fees apply to online payments.

Step 6: Lease Signing and Move-in

The following items will be due on or before your lease start date:

  • First month’s rent
  • Last month’s rent
  • Copy of photo ID
  • Utility Transfer Verification form
  • Lease signed by all roommates
  • Co-Signer Agreement for each roommate

If all of these items are not submitted to the office on or before your lease start date, you will not be able to move into the property.

If you have any additional questions about off campus housing, contact TempleTown Realty at 215-232-3707 or

TempleTown Realty is a leading provider of off campus student housing in the Temple University area.  TempleTown Realty is a private housing provider.  We have no direct affiliation with Temple University.