Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Finding Off-Campus Housing
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Electrical Company: AmerenIP
Water: City of Decatur
With so many different types of dwelling available around campus and in Decatur, how do you decide where to live? Consider this advice before you embark on your search.

  • Start early. Look into moving in during the summer. Apartments usually get rented to whoever can move in soonest. But don't forget to submit your off-campus petition first. Make sure Residence Life has let you know whether or not you are approved before you sign a lease- you don't want to get stuck paying a lease AND the off-campus housing fee (yikes!).
  • Make sure you meet your neighbors and ask them about their living experience. Ask everything you can think of, and don’t feel bad for being picky. If you know the students who may have leased the place before you, ask them to give you their honest opinion about both the residence and the landlord. What issues did they have, if any? What should you ask to be fixed before you move in?
  • Don’t sacrifice price for service. When signing a lease of any type, be sure to ask for a copy if it is not given to you — and be sure to read through it thoroughly.
  • Go with your gut. If you get a funny feeling about the area, don’t live there.
  • Know exactly what you want and use every resource available to you. Craigslist,apartment locators, and personal contacts are all great ways to find an apartment. And remember to search often! Listings change constantly.
  • And don't forget your family! Let your parents or relatives know you are searching for a place. Make sure they are comfortable with it. Chances are that they may need to co-sign your lease!
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL