Off-Campus Living

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Since moving in the 1930s to its current location at 20th and Olney, La Salle has been an integral part of its Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. As a member of the community, La Salle is committed to maintaining strong relationships with its neighbors through service, communication, outreach, and respect.

Once a student completes six semesters of residential living, they become eligible to move Off-Campus and into the immediate community. Our office provides resources, programs, and opportunities to support their success in the community. We purposefully design these moments with our students to help educate, grow, and build stronger relationships within the neighborhoods and the community as a whole.

Community Collaborators (CC)
A similar role to our coaches, the collaborators is comprised of para-professional, student leaders that live in the community and advocate for the Off-Campus student experience. They design and build programs, activities, and disburse information that supports our students and helps them understand their role and expectations as community members. In addition, they think critically about ways to support these students in their transition to life-after-college and to ensure that they are successful beyond their time at La Salle.

Examples of their programming and activities include:

  • Safety Excursions – beginning of the semester door-to-door check-ins and giveaways
  • Trash Bash – neighborhood cleanup campaign/event
  • Explorer Escorts* – currently in the project phase of designing a safe escort program for students by students

Off-Campus Expectations and Code of Conduct

Yes. Students who are eligible to move off-campus must attend an information session. The 60 minute consultation covers an overview of:

  • The community and neighborhood
  • La Salle’s Off-Campus behavior policy
  • Tips for safety
  • Security resources
  • Basic tenant knowledge

If your concern is urgent, please contact La Salle Public Safety at 215.951.1300. Our public safety officers patrol the off-campus community 24/7, and can speak with you to create a formal incident report. These reports are forwarded daily to our department. La Salle Public Safety documentation is necessary in our ability to maintain a fair and due process for holding individuals and houses accountable for disruptive behavior.  During business hours you may also contact the office at 215.991.2873 or email offcampusliving@lasalle.edu.

No. While there may be properties owned by La Salle, the University is not in the business of renting these properties to students.

If you are a residential student that has completed six semesters of on-campus living, then you are eligible to move off-campus. You must complete the Housing Exemption Form and the Housing Contract Release Form, which can be completed through the Residential Life Office.

La Salle University expects that students conduct themselves with honesty, integrity, civility, and citizenship both on and off campus. The University is committed to assisting neighborhood residents and students are expected to prevent and respond to disruptive incidents that may arise from student behavior in the local community.

Seriously disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Excessive and/or unreasonable noise
  • Large disruptive activities
  • Illegal use, sale, and/or distribution of alcohol or other drugs
  • Trash/littering
  • Rude and abusive language
  • Public urination or related violations of local community standards

Disciplinary investigation and charges will be initiated when the University becomes aware of such behavior in the surrounding community.

As citizens in the neighborhood and leasers of property, students must act in a proactive manner to decrease the likelihood of seriously disruptive behavior in and around their homes by choosing carefully those who share their lease and those who are guests.

Students must clearly communicate expectations of roommates and guests, and take steps when those expectations are not met.

Students’ responsibility in University disciplinary actions increases if the University becomes aware that they have not taken these steps to decrease the possibility of disruptive or dangerous behavior.

Moving In/Moving Out

Moving into your new home away from home is a time of excitement and new-found independence. However, there are things to keep in mind as you move in and out of your home that will make the process simple and stress free.

Moving In

  • Create A Checklist: If your landlord does not provide you and roommates a checklist containing amenities of the home and their condition, create one. Inspect each room of the home for any possible repairs. Also check the perimeter of the property for pipes, wiring, etc. Keeping record of the condition of home prior to moving in will greatly assist when you decide to vacate the property.
  • Communicate With Your Roommates: Grocery, utilities, sleep schedules, cleaning? You and your roommates are sure to have differences in how you manage these areas. Discuss with your roommates (preferably before move-in) how to divide bills, chores and respecting personal space.
  • Meet Your Neighbors: Knowing your neighbors is essential in building familiarity of your new neighborhood. A cordial relationship with your next door neighbors comes in handy especially during extensive time periods that your home is vacant; they can keep a look out for unordinary on goings, etc.
  • Protect yourself and Your Home: It is highly recommended to obtain Renter Insurance once you move in. Why? Insurance can protect you in the case of robberies, water or fire damage. Also, check fire alarms throughout the home at move in and throughout your lease to ensure they are working properly in case of an emergency.

Transitioning Out of Your Home

  • Clean Your Home Thoroughly: Why? If your lease is ending and you paid a security deposit before moving into your home, your landlord may not grant you a complete or partial refund if the home is not up to par. Many landlords use security deposits to clean the home once tenants have vacated.
  • Dispose of Outside Garbage and Waste: Be sure that all outside garbage and other waste has been disposed by making sure garbage bins are placed for your garbage pickup day.
  • Closing out Utility Bills: If your home pays separately for utilities and all housemates are moving out of home permanently, be sure to contact the companies responsible for your utilities to discuss final payments, etc.
  • Walkthrough of Home with Landlord:It is common that landlords will provide tenants with a move in/move out check list to record damages or minor kinks in home. Whether your home was provided with a checklist or not, be sure to walkthrough the home with your landlord on the final day in case any questions arise about condition of home.

Safety Tips

  • Travel in groups and in well-lit areas.
  • Use the campus parking lots.
  • Use shuttles when possible and use escorts when shuttles are not in service.
  • Always keep your keys in your possession. Never keep them under doormats, in mail slots, or in other “hiding” places. Do not have duplicates made.
  • Always double check that doors and windows are locked before leaving your residence, even if you are just running to the store.
  • Make sure that the entrance to your apartment/house is well lit and inform the landlord to replace lighting when necessary.
  • Sofas and La-Z-Boys on the porch scream, “Students live here! “ If you don’t want to be targeted as a student rental property by passersby, consider your outside décor.

Fire Safety—The Facts

In cases where fire fatalities occurred in college communities, alcohol was a factor. There is a strong link between alcohol and fire deaths. In more than 50 percent of adult fire fatalities, victims were under the influence at the time of the fire. Alcohol abuse often impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts. Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries on college campuses, closely followed by careless smoking and arson, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

  • If a fire breaks out, GET OUT AND STAY OUT! Call 911!
  • Do not overload electrical outlets and make sure extension cords are used properly.
  • Place smoke alarms in every room and every level of the house.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries every semester.
  • Place a properly rated fire extinguisher in a convenient, consistent location.
  • Never leave a candle burning when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep.
  • Never run extension cords under rugs.
  • Make sure cigarettes are extinguished. Don’t smoke in bed.

When Leaving for a Break

  • Set some lights on timers, especially when away for a long period of time, to discourage someone from thinking no one is home.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Have a friend or neighbor staying in the area check on the property during breaks. Make sure they have your number to contact you.
  • Take expensive items with you: laptops, jewelry, gaming systems, etc.

Don’t forget to sign up for the La Salle emergency notification alert at lasalle.edu/alerts.

Leasing 101

Risks of not being included on the lease may present personal and financial challenges for the household should unexpected situations arise. Please pick your roommates wisely. There are no easy roommate switches in the Off-Campus Community. Signing a lease is a binding contract. You may have to sublet or move out and continue to pay rent if unforeseen circumstances occur.

  • When possible, It is  best to be included on the lease to uphold your basic tenant rights
  • If your circumstances do not allow you to be on the lease, a written agreement with housemates  may clarify living and financial housing arrangements agreed upon.
  • Save cleared checks or credit card payments as proof of payment in the event your tenancy is questioned

Car Safety

Your vehicle is a great personal investment.  Take the following measures to maximize your car safety today!

  • Lock All Doors: Simple concept, but often forgotten. Locking all doors, including the trunk of your vehicle can reduce break-ins
  • Do not leave car windows down when vehicle is unattended!
  • Turn Off Car Lights Before Walking Away: Leaving your lights on for an extended period of time drains your car battery. Be sure to turn off the lights before departing from your vehicle.
  • Utilize La Salle Security and Campus Shuttles to access your vehicle in University Parking lots
  • No Valuables In Sight:  Remove and store important items (i.e., textbooks, school supplies, electronics) in your vehicle’s storage compartments to reduce chances of break-ins.
  • Report all incidents of crime to Public Safety at X1300.

A tenant has certain basic rights, whether written into the lease or not. The Landlord Tenant Act of 1951 outlines these basic tenant’s rights. Since 1951 there have been certain amendments to the law, such as the “Warranty of Habitability” (1978) and the Philadelphia City Council Ordinance of 1987, making it illegal for a landlord to lock a tenant out, shut off utilities, or harass with the intention of evicting without due process.

In July 1994 the “Plain Language Contract Act” was enacted. According to this act all residential leases after this date must be written, organized, and designed so that they are easy to read and understand by consumers.

Tenants have the right to:

  • Fair Housing or freedom from discrimination because of membership in a protected class (in the state of Pennsylvania the protected classes are: race, color, national origin, gender, familial status, disability, creed, ancestry, or age over 40);
  • Repairs to be made promptly and properly by property owner/manager;
  • Enforce the right to habitable premises by using legal remedies such as repair and deduct, rent reduction, rent withholding, or move out of uninhabitable premises with the right to recover all prepaid rent and deposits; and
  • A clean, safe place to live, in compliance with the warranty of habitability, which includes:
  • structurally sound building
    • waterproof roofs, ceilings, and walls
    • walls and woodwork properly painted (no peeling paint)
    • adequate heat in winter
    • hot and cold running water
    • bathroom equipment and drains that work properly
    • functioning stove
    • doors that lock properly
    • windows that work and can be locked
    • apartment/house free from infestation with roaches and/or rodents
    • a building with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and fire escapes

Listing Properties

Information for landlords wishing to rent properties to La Salle students

  • Landlords are responsible for upholding Basic Tenant Rights when renting to La Salle students.
  • The University expects that students conduct themselves with honesty, integ­rity, civility, and citizenship both on and off campus.  As citizens in the neighborhood and leasers of property, students must act in a proactive manner to decrease the likelihood of seriously disruptive behavior in and around their homes by choosing carefully those who share their lease and those who are guests.  Students must clearly communicate expectations of roommates and guests and take steps when those expectations are not met.
  • While the University will interject regarding behavior off-campus, we expect that Landlords are active in ensuring and addressing misconduct and disruption
  • Maintaining a safe environment in and around your property and promoting good neighborly behavior from student renters is paramount.
  • The office will make every effort to contact landlords in the event of repeated concerns reported on your property.
  • Each August, the office performs an intensive and comprehensive roster collection process for all of our students living in our community to meet the city ordinance requirement – a report of where all non-residential university students live.
    • It is encouraged to notify the office by email – offcampusliving@lasalle.edu – of student rented properties to assist in this process, as well as increase our ability to extend university resources.