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Off Campus Living

Students come to campus for their classes, but there is so much more that happens on campus. Commuter students should be a part of the activities at Georgia State. Off Campus Living is one way to keep commuter students connected to the campus.

Off Campus Housing
Georgia State University has partnered with Places4Students, a company that specializes in providing off campus housing solutions for college students. This service is free for all students to use to find a place to live off campus. Students can create roommate listings, and landlords can list properties at very competitive rates.

  • View Places4Students and consider locations for the following:
    • Safe neighborhood
    • Near public transportation
    • Distance to campus
    • Distance to a grocery store
  • Read the lease carefully. There are a lot of “specials” that are offered, but they usually come with stipulations. Be sure to read the lease thoroughly, because it is a binding contract. Be fully aware of what you are signing.
  • Create a checklist to keep track of all the things required in an apartment in order to remember the important things, such as central air or a dishwasher, when hunting for a place to live. View a Sample Renters' Checklist
  • Communicate expectations when residing with a roommate. Having an agreement or a contract is a formal way of doing this. Some things to consider when creating the agreement could include quiet or study time, financial responsibility, food sharing, personal space, pets, guests and anything else on which there may be disagreement. View a Sample Roommate Agreement

  • Use the Panther Express shuttle which runs from 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Routes and times may vary.
  • Use the free Parking for commuter students at Turner Field and then take the Panther Express shuttle to campus. Be sure to register your car online.
  • Use MARTA. Discounted cards are available in Auxiliary and Support Services.
  • Plan to arrive to campus early. This extra time will prevent being late due to problems encountered during the commute (heavy traffic, bad weather or detours) and the time needed to walk to class.
  • Plan for alternative ways of travel. Be familiar with the MARTA bus route from your home.
  • Determine alternate routes in case of blocked streets or traffic.
  • Update or obtain a motor club service and put together an emergency car kit.

Participating in college activities is a great way to meet people and get involved at Georgia State University. With over 400 student organizations, students should be able to find one that suits their interests. Check out Student Organizations online and see what organization you want to join!

Additional ways to get involved include:

Parents and students should communicate their expectations. In college, your schedule may change due to spending time on campus studying in the library, attending a student organization meeting or going to an event on campus. Be sure to communicate your commitment to being connected to Georgia State University with your family.

Other items to discuss with family could include:

  • Curfew
  • Household responsibilities
  • High school vs. college