Finding Permanent Housing
August 11 & 18 @ 2:00 pm
Bissinger Room - Howe Center, 4th Floor
These workshops will provide you with information to make the apartment search easier. You will learn basic information about Hoboken & surrounding areas, suggestions for how to search for an apartment, information about working with a realtor, what to expect financially, what type of documents you will be asked to provide and what is involved in signing a lease. A step-by-step outline of the process will be given to each student.
Stevens has a number of apartments available in buildings throughout the city of Hoboken, known as Stevens Leased Housing. Stevens graduate students are eligible to apply for housing in Stevens Leased Housing. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Stevens Housing Options, including fees, visit the Office of Residence Life website.
For students and scholars who are interested in living in non-Stevens housing, there are resources for apartment searching including lists of real estate agents, online rental listings, and the Stevens housing board where students, local individuals, and companies post information about available accommodations.
Hoboken & Surrounding Areas
In general, rents are highest in Hoboken and lower in the surrounding towns of Jersey City, Union City, and Weehawken. Jersey City is very large and is commonly broken down into sub-areas including Newport, Journal Square, Downtown, and the Heights. The real estate market in this area moves very quickly, so students should proactive when looking for accommodations.
Real Estate Agents & Companies
Real estate agents (also known as realtors) can help you navigate through the process of finding an apartment, but realtors charge a fee for their service. Realtor fees (sometimes called "broker fees") are usually equivalent to one month's rent. If you would like to work with a realtor to find an apartment, we recommend the following agencies:
Online Rental Listings
Listed below are some websites that may be useful in the search for non-Stevens housing. This is not a complete list nor an endorsement of the websites listed.
Signing a Lease
It is very important to only sign a lease when you are certain that you want that particular apartment and are willing to rent for the entire duration of the contract (usually 12 months).
Sub-leasing is typically only permitted if it is in the contract.
If you are sub-leasing from another individual, your ability to contact the landlord may be affected. In those cases, it can be harder to correct issues with maintenance requests, return of security deposits, etc.
If your landlord requires a letter certifying that you are a Stevens student, please stop by the Office of Graduate Student Affairs (Howe Center - 8th Floor), Monday-Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm to pick one up. You will need your student ID number.
Before You Move In
Make sure to have all agreements with the landlord in writing before you move-in, including any repairs that need to be made.
Do a "walk-through" of the apartment with the landlord before you move in to review the condition of the apartment to make sure you are not held responsible for pre-existing damages.
Ensure that you have a proven way to contact the landlord (cell phone, e-mail, etc.) before you move in, in case any problems occur later on.
Safety and Security
- Before you sign a lease anywhere, it is very important to consider the safety and security of the apartment, neighborhood, and surrounding area.
Visit the area during the day and at night, to make sure you feel comfortable and safe.
Ask your realtor and/or the neighbors what the area is like and if there are any concerns.
If you plan on walking to campus from the apartment, make sure you do not need to walk through any unsafe areas.
- Make sure that the apartment is in a location from which you can safely and easily commute to campus.
Living near PATH stations, Light Rail stations, or Stevens campus shuttle bus stops is a good idea. For maps of these locations, visit the individual websites or look on Google Maps.
For questions about housing options for graduate students, contact the Office of Graduate Student Affairs via email at email@example.com or by calling 201-216-5633.