Question #1: "I am a student looking for housing. What do I need to know?"
Looking to live off-campus? From house hunting to paying rent, there are so many things to think about when looking to move into a rental house. Check out these resources to learn more and make the hardest part of renting a house moving in.
Over the past year and a half, we have spoken to many students who have been impacted by COVID-19 who are living in student housing. We hope the guidelines below are helpful in keeping you safe:
A great place to search for off-campus housing is our partner website Mac Off-Campus. This listing service has been around for over ten years and is only accessible to the McMaster community. Students can log in with their MacID to get started.
House hunting for the first time can be scary. When should you start looking? What should be on a lease? Find out answers to these questions and many more.
If you’ve never signed a lease before, it can seem daunting. Here are some basics to get you started, and set your mind at ease. Includes information about subletting.
Living on your own is a large financial commitment and as university students, we all know that money matters. Read more about all things money related when it comes to your lease.
McMaster does not screen the landlords or the properties, so it is your responsibility to look carefully at the place you will be renting, and who you are renting from.
Question #2: "I am a student who rents off-campus. What are my rights and responsibilities?"
When renting and living in a house that isn’t yours, it is vital to know your rights to privacy, safety and maintenance. Explore this area to learn more about what your rights are as a tenant living in a rental property
Everyone has the right to equal treatment in a household. Landlords are responsible for making sure your housing is free from discrimination. Find out more about your human rights in rental housing.
Includes special note for international visitors.
Living off-campus can represent freedom for some – the freedom to negotiate your own house rules and standards. In reality, off-campus living brings with it a whole new set of responsibilities – to your housemates, to your landlord, to your neighbours, and to the Hamilton community. Find out what it takes to get an A+ in your community.