Off-Campus Housing

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Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Living in the town of Bloomsburg can be very rewarding and enjoyable.

However, occurrences like getting utilities hooked up, paying bills and dealing with landlords and neighbors can be a great source of stress. Having greater freedom to make decisions can also create stress and anxiety. The Dean of Students Office and the Off-Campus Housing Coordinator aim to support students as they navigate the challenges that come with moving off campus. Many answers can be found on these webpages or students can reach out for an appointment.

There are several things our office does to provide you with up-to-date information, including:

  • Maintaining and updating a listing of apartments owned and operated by local landlords.
  • Keeping a record of any vacancies in which a student is looking for someone to take over their current lease.
  • Collecting complaints from students regarding landlords and their prospective properties.

Disclaimer

The off-campus housing website is provided as a convenience to Bloomsburg University students and does not constitute legal advice. The information presented is intended for educational purposes only. Bloomsburg University does not inspect nor endorse any off-campus rental properties whose name/picture may appear on this website. The Town of Bloomsburg’s Code Enforcement Office inspects student rental properties each year.

We recommend you contact the landlord to ascertain a copy of the latest inspection report and request of them any information regarding the safety of the property. This information is also available in the Town’s Code Enforcement Office, 301 E. Second St., 570-784-7123 ext. 115. Bloomsburg University supports local, state and federal fair housing laws and regulations.

Living Off-Campus

When searching for an apartment ...

  • How much you can spend for rent and utilities?
  • How far you want to live from campus?
  • When do you need to move in?
  • Do you need furnishings (i.e. bedding, furniture)?
  • Do you want to live alone or with others?
  • Do you have pets or are you allergic to any pets?
  • Do you require handicap accessibility?
  • How close are the grocery stores, laundromats, etc.?
  • What is the character of the surrounding neighborhood?
  • Is parking provided?
  • What type of heating/air conditioning does the dwelling have?
  • Do you need added features (i.e. washer/dryer, dishwasher)?

Once you’ve found the right place...

There are a few more important questions to consider before signing the lease. Talk to the landlord and take time to ask:

  • How long is the lease for?
  • What are the policies on deposits and refunds?
  • What does the security deposit cover?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Who pays the utility bills?
  • Who pays for trash removal?
  • Are there any expectations about housekeeping?
  • Does the landlord expect to enter the apartment without advance notice?
  • Are there rules governing the conduct of tenants?
  • Is parking provided? If there is a fee, what is it?
  • Who repairs and pay for wear and tear damage?
  • What kinds of decorating are allowed in the dwelling?
  • Who handles lawn care and snow removal?
  • When are rent payments expected?
  • Is smoking permitted on the premises?
  • What is the landlord’s policy on overnight guests?
  • Are there any special restrictions (house rules)?
  • Read the entire housing lease thoroughly before signing or committing to it. If you have any questions, make sure you consult your landlord before signing; you should know everything you are agreeing to.
  • Make sure you are living with people you are comfortable with and can trust. You might find out things about them you did not know before.
  • Upon moving in take pictures or make a written document of anything broken or damaged. That way you do not get blamed for it when it comes time to get your security deposit back.
  • Make sure your apartment is equipped with proper fire and carbon monoxide detectors. You can never be too cautious. In case of a fire or any other unexpected danger in your apartment, you should have those items within reach.
  • Take pride in the apartment you are renting. Treat it as it was your own. Keep up on weekly maintenance and clean up duties.
  • Have good communication with your landlord. If you have any questions or concerns don’t be afraid to consult your them, that is what they are they for. Problems with the house or broken items should be noted and recognized by the landlord.
  • Have good communication with roommates too. Make sure everyone is on the same page when buying groceries and paying bills so everyone knows what they have to pay for.
  • Be sure to discuss money issues with your roommates before moving into your apartment. Make sure that there is a clear plan for how money will be gathered for utilities, apartment supplies, etc.
  • Do not get caught up in the excitement of living off campus, even though it is a great feeling. Think about it. Once you move off campus, you are there for a long time. Make sure you want to make the commitment.
  • Enjoy living off campus! It’s a good preparation for the future and a great learning experience!

An off-campus living experience is an exciting time! Along with this new experience come new responsibilities to the neighborhood community you are entering. Please keep in mind this is your home, so don't do anything you wouldn't do in your parent's home!

How to stay safe:

  • Use main or well-lit pathways or sidewalks
  • Use the buddy-system rather than walking alone
  • Do not venture into unfamiliar neighborhoods
  • Do not accept rides from strangers
  • Lock your vehicle
  • Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas
  • Do not drink and drive
  • Do not drink if you are underage

It's important for all students including non-degree and graduate students (except those who will be living on campus) to register their complete local address in MyHusky. Even if you are living at your legal/permanent residence while attending the upcoming semester, you need to enter that as your local address. Please include house number, street name and apartment number where you will be living while taking classes. It's very important our records are accurate because of emergency issues and financial aid review. You are required to update your local address each semester.

There is limited parking downtown, so please ask your landlord about parking options and refer to bloompd.com for additional information and more details. To apply for a university parking permit to park on campus please visit The Permit Store. Note restrictions apply for the application process.

The Columbia County Housing Authority is an agency that helps "extremely low income" and "very low income" families with a rent assistance program. The Housing Authority is currently helping approximately 408 families, in privately owned rental units throughout Columbia County. The Authority also assists 50 elderly/disabled households in Evan Owen Memorial Apartments located in Berwick; and 20 three and four bedroom families in Town Park Village townhouses in Bloomsburg.

There is currently a waiting list for both programs, (for the Housing Authority's buildings, and for assistance in rentals owned privately). The current wait for Section 8 rental assistance is approximately one year long, or perhaps even longer. Prospective tenants, interested in privately owned rental units (Section 8 assistance), must apply at the main office, 700 Sawmill Road, Suite 101, Bloomsburg, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Persons requiring special accommodations in order to apply for the waiting list because of disability may call the Housing Authority and request that the application be mailed to them, or may request additional assistance, if necessary. Persons interested in Evan Owen Memorial Apartments or Town Park Village may call 570-759-0315, for information on applying for these units, owned by the Housing Authority.

Anyone meeting the income guidelines may apply, however; all families, elderly, and disabled will be assisted before any single non-elderly, non-disabled persons. The income limits are listed below.

Families assisted with rent through the Authority will pay rent based on their household income. A family's costs for monthly rent and utilities will be based on 30 to 40 percent of their gross monthly income. Therefore, the Authority will proved minimal assistance for one family, while paying the entire rent for another family; depending on household income. If the family's income is low enough, the authority may also send program participants monthly checks to be used towards utility bills. In this way, each family on rent assistance is assured that they will only be paying amounts that are affordable to them.

If tenant's current landlord is willing to work with the rent assistance program and the property passes our inspection; a tenant may not have to move in order to receive rent assistance. There is no obligation to take rent assistance, if a tenant applies for our waiting list. All who are living on a fixed ("extremely low" or "very low") income are encouraged to apply. Anyone with questions may call 570-784-9373.

The Columbia County Housing Authority's Section 8 office not only assists tenants with buildings owned by private landlords. Families may also receive rent assistance in several apartment buildings and townhouses in Columbia County. If a tenant is interested in living in any of the apartments or townhouses listed below, he/she should do two things. First, contact the manager(s) of the buildings/developments where you are interested in living in order to apply for their waiting list. Second, apply for the Section 8 waiting list at the Columbia County Housing Authority. Since there is more than one waiting list, it is likely that your name might not be up on the rent assistance waiting list at exactly the same time it reaches the top of a waiting list for a building where you would like to live is available, we recommend that you call our office and arrange to have your name held at the top of our waiting list until your apartment is available to you.

On the other hand, if your name reaches the top of the waiting list for an apartment where you would like to live before your name reaches the top of the rent assistance waiting list, you can do one of two things. You can either move into the apartment and pay the rent on your own, until your name reaches the top of the rent assistance waiting list, knowing that when your name reaches the top of the rent assistance waiting list, your rent burden mist be substantially reduced, depending on your income; or, you can ask the manager of the apartment complex to hold your name at the top of the building's waiting list, and give you the next apartment available after your name reaches the top of the rent assistance waiting list. Before making this decision, we recommend that you call the Housing Authority to see how much longer your wait will be on the rent assistance waiting list. Listed below are the names of some of the developments where tenants are being assisted with rents through the Columbia County Housing Authority.

Columbia County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities

Finding an Apartment

There have been some recent emails sent to students that appear to be illegitimate and/or fraudulent. In those emails, students were contacted and asked to conduct business on behalf of the potential new tenant.

 

Please do not engage in any dealings with persons asking you specifically to return money to them after you receive payment from them in the form of a money order/check. If you have any questions regarding the vacancy listings or the legitimacy of someone’s request, please contact our office.

Updated Openings

Also check out the Press Enterprise, the local newspaper for listings of available apartments in the area surrounding Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg University's Office of Off-Campus Housing is committed to assisting students in obtaining quality student housing. Below is a list of landlord websites for students to review while searching for off-campus housing.

Landlords - Please be sure we have your updated web address. Broken links will be removed from our site. 

Contact Information

Organization Phone Number
Business Office 570-389-4013
Campus Police 570-389-4168
Campus Police Escort Service 570-389-5000
Career Development 570-389-4070
Catholic Campus Ministry 570-784-3123
Campus Dining 570-389-3663
Card Center 570-389-5410
Counseling Center 570-389-4255
Financial Aid 570-389-4279
Health Center 570-389-4451
Information Desk 570-389-3900
Protestant Campus Ministry 570-389-4950
Student Activities 570-389-4346
Student Rec Center 570-389-4772
University Store 570-389-4175
Organization Phone Number
Police/Ambulance/Fire 911
Bloomsburg Police Non-Emergency 570-784-4155
Bloomsburg Code Enforcement 570-784-7123 x115
Tap Line 1-800-222-9016
Organization Phone Number
AT&T 1-800-222-0300
PG Energy 1-800-432-8017
PPL Electric 1-800-342-5775
Service Electric Cable 1-800-522-2389
United Water 1-888-299-8972
Verizon 1-800-220-0300
Organization Phone Number
Bus Agency 570-389-7997
Greyhound 1-800-800-2814
Fullington Trailways 888-847-2430
Taxi Service 570-784-1550

Our campus attorney provides legal consultations for all Bloomsburg University students. Legal consultations services are free and available during scheduled hours. Please note, the attorney consults with students but may not represent students.

Additional legal resources:

Organization Phone Number
AAA Mid-Atlantic 570-784-3380
Bloomsburg Hospital 570-387-2100
Bloomsburg Poison Control Center 570-784-4241
Bloomsburg Recycling 570-784-5432
Caring Community for AIDS 570-784-5655
Columbia-Montour Family Health 570-387-0236
District Magistrate 570-784-1868
Geisinger Hospital 570-271-6211
Pennsylvania State Police, Bloomsburg 570-387-4261
Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222
Red Cross 570-784-1395
Rent-A-Center 570-784-5722
Rentway 570-389-1138
U-Haul 570-784-0630
Women’s Center 570-784-6631

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, the amount you received as a campus student will remain the same if you decide to move off campus. For any other financial aid related questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.