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Off Campus Housing Guide for Student Veterans

• Find rooms and rentals
• Sign up to find housing offers
• Sign up to find housing to share
• Complete a "Need A Place" profile
• Useful Information

Most UMass Amherst student Veterans live off campus. These are two places on campus where staff members are well equipped to advise student Veterans moving to the area.

OFF CAMPUS STUDENT CENTER, 314 Student Union Building, (413) 577-1005 The staff can answer most of your questions about off campus life at UMass. They can also help you find housing or housemates using the UMass Off Campus Housing Service.

The OCSC is a place to go if you need to charge your devices or use the Quick Access computers and printers. There’s a refrigerator, microwave, comfy furniture, configurable study tables and you can rent a locker so you have someplace to put your stuff while you’re on campus. During the semester the Off Campus Student Center is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. The hours vary during the summer and school vacations.

STUDENT VETERAN RESOURCE CENTER, 19 Dickinson Hall, (413) 545-0939 The staff at the SVRC may also be able to help you find other student Veterans who are looking for housemates.

Find Rooms and Rentals

https://offcampushousing.umass.edu

1. Click the “Housing” tab at the top of the screen.

2. Select the number of bedrooms you need.

3. Click “More Filters

4. Rents can be less expensive in towns surrounding Amherst.

5. There is an extensive, free bus system. To find a rental on a bus route, under “Community Features”, check “On Bus Route”. You can also check “Bus Stop (<5 min walk)”.

6. Scroll down and click the “Search” button.

Sign up to find Students with Housing to Offer

https://offcampushousing.umass.edu

1. Click the “Sign Up” tab in the gray bar at the top of the page.

2. Select “UMass Amherst Students Faculty & Staff” and login with your UMass NetID and password.

3. Click the “Roommates” tab

4. In the right sidebar, under the heading ROOM, click “HAVE A Place”.

5. Refine your search further using other options in this sidebar.

Sign up to find Housing to Share

https://offcampushousing.umass.edu 

1. Click the “Sign Up” tab at the top of the page.

2. Select “UMass Amherst Students Faculty & Staff” and login with your UMass NetID and password.

3. Click the “Roommates” tab

4. In the right sidebar, under the heading ROOM, click “NEED A Place

5. Refine your search further using other options in this sidebar.

Complete a “Need A Place” profile

https://offcampushousing.umass.edu 

1. Click the “Sign Up” tab at the top of the page.

2. Select “UMass Amherst Students Faculty & Staff” and login with your UMass NetID and password.

3. Click the “Roommates” tab.

4. Click the “Edit Profile” button and complete each of the Profile pages. Be sure you include the fact that you’re student Veteran when you describe yourself.

5. Click the "Save and Finish" button

Additional Useful Information

1. Housemate Agreement: This is a binding agreement between you and your housemates. https://offcampushousing.umass.edu/files/resources/resource_4010.pdf

2. Property and Renters Insurance: http://www.umass.edu/offcampuslife/property-renters-insurance

3. Relevant Policies and Laws: http://www.umass.edu/offcampuslife/laws-policies

4. Parking: If you have a car and want to park it on campus you will be required to purchase a parking permit. Veterans are eligible for a 15% discount at the time you purchase your parking permit. You must have a valid student ID in SPIRE and proof of Veteran status, either your DD-214 or a current military ID.

5. Number of housemates: In the Town of Amherst, no more than 4 unrelated people can live together in a rental unit.

6. There are a limited number of on campus housing options. Learn more by contacting Residential Life at (413) 545-2100 or living@umass.edu for information about some dedicated spaces in one of the residence halls that are preferentially available to student Veterans

7. If you are married or have legal custody of a dependent child or children you can apply for Family Housing in North Village Apartments.
NOTE: Space is extremely limited and there are waiting lists.The rates in North Village are heavily discounted. Do not expect to find comparably priced rentals in the private off campus rental market.

8. Regional Apartment Complex Rates as of January 2017