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Off Campus Living

Welcome to Georgia State University Off-Campus Living. The goal of this site is to keep commuter students Connected to Georgia State. You will come to campus for class, but there is so much more that happens and you should be a part of it!

Off-Campus Housing
Georgia State University has partnered with Places4Students.com, a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions for college students. This service is FREE for all students to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus. Students can create roommate listings and landlords can list properties at very competitive rates.

View Off Campus Housing Locator Website

  • Consider the location in which you are moving:
    • safe neighborhood
    • near public transportation
    • distance to campus
    • close to a grocery store
  • Read your Lease–There are a lot of “specials” that are offered, but usually come with stipulations. Be sure to read your lease thoroughly because it is a binding contract. Be fully aware of what you are signing.
  • Renters’ Checklist–create a checklist of all the things you need in an apartment. When you go hunting for a place to live, you will not forget those little things like central air or a dishwasher.
  • Roommate agreement or contract–If you are going to reside with a roommate, it is a good idea to communicate expectations. Having an agreement or a contract is a formal way of doing this. Some things to consider when creating the agreement could be–designated quiet/study time, financial responsibility, food sharing, personal space, pets, guests, and any other rules you would need to agree on. View Sample Roommate Agreement

  • The Panther Express Shuttle runs from 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Routes and times may vary.
  • Free Parking is provided for commuter students at Turner Field. The Panther Express Shuttle takes students to campus from that location. Be sure to register your car online.
  • Discounted MARTA cards are available in Auxiliary and Support Services.
  • Plan to arrive to campus early. In the event of traffic, bad weather, or a detour, it is helpful to have extra time built in. You also need to account for the extra time it may take to walk to class once you arrive on campus.
  • Plan for alternative ways of travel. Be familiar with the 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 you should be sure to find one that suits your interest. Check out Student Organizations online and see what organization you want to join!

The following are additional ways to get involved:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Multicultural Center
  • Greek Life
  • Student Health Promotion
  • Black Student Achievement
  • Keep informed of daily campus events and activities by accessing the online Division of Student Affairs calendar–Pouncin’ Around. Stay on campus after classes – there are usually programs in the evening or meetings for student organizations.
  • Panther Dining serves breakfast as early as 7 a.m.
  • The Recreation Center opens at 6 a.m. if you would like to work-out before class.
  • If you plan to work–consider on-campus employment. This will provide you an opportunity to connect with students, faculty and staff. Check out Panther Career Net for on campus work opportunities.
  • The Student Handbook is a great way to get and stay connected to Georgia State. It provides you with policy and procedural information on the Student Code of Conduct, Academic Colleges, Registration, Financial Aid, Student Services, and more.
  • Connect with classmates. Get a name and contact information for someone in each of your classes. If you ever need to ask about something in class (an assignment, notes, etc.), you will have a peer you can contact. This is also an easy way to get to know new people.

Communicate expectations. Now that you are in college your schedule may change, there may be more reasons for you to spend time on campus–studying in the library, attending a student organization meeting or maybe 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