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. Students should be fully aware of what they 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. Students should register their car online.
- Use MARTA. Discounted cards are available in Campus 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. Students should be familiar with the MARTA bus route from their 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.
Additional ways to get involved include:
- Visiting Black Student Achievement, Civic Engagement, Greek Life, Multicultural Center and Student Health Promotion.
- Keeping informed of Georgia State University upcoming events on campus and around Atlanta.
- Staying on campus after classes. There are usually programs in the evening or meetings for student organizations.
- Eating breakfast on campus as early as 7 a.m. in PantherDining.
- Working out on campus before class at the Recreation Center which opens at 6 a.m.
- Working on campus. This provides an opportunity to connect with students, faculty and staff. Check out Panther Career Net for on campus work opportunities.
- Viewing the Student Handbook which helps connect students to Georgia State by providing policy and procedural information on the Student Code of Conduct, academic colleges, registration, financial aid, student services and more.
- Connecting with classmates. Getting a name and contact information for someone in each class in order to have a peer to contact if for questions about something in class (an assignment, notes, etc.). This is also an easy way to get to know new people.
Other items to discuss with family could include:
- Household responsibilities
- High school versus college