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Off-Campus Housing

Search for Apartments

To look for apartments, talk to friends and family members who live in Houston. You may also look up apartments on websites such as and

Things to Consider

Rent costs vary based on the area of Houston you are in. Living with a roommate can help reduce costs. Consider factors including:

  • transportation: You can get a car, ride with a friend, or take public transportation. Houston is a large city often with heavy traffic. If you will be driving, check commute time before you rent it. If you will be taking public transportation, make sure there is a bus or train stop nearby.
  • deposit
  • electricity, gas, water, and trash: $100-$200 per month. Sometimes utilities are included in the rent.
  • Internet: $50-$100 per month
  • renter’s insurance: varies

Rent Glossary

  • Deposit

    A deposit is money that you must pay before you can rent an apartment. You may request money back when you move out. Before you sign the leasing agreement, talk to the leasing office about the terms and conditions of receiving a refund of the deposit.

  • Lease

    A lease is a contract outlining the terms under which you, the tenant, agree to rent property owned by the property owner or landlord. Read the lease carefully and make sure you understand it before sign it.