In most cases, no; freshman are not permitted to live off-campus.  All freshmen are required to live on campus unless living at home with their parents and commuting to Virginia Tech. Requests to live off campus during the freshman year must be approved by the Division of Student Affairs (Housing & Residence Life).

No.  Virginia Tech does not own any of the housing properties located off campus.  They are all owned or managed by external companies/individuals.

Our office provides resources that allow students to locate the most appropriate off-campus rental.  We also provide resources to assist in the Roommate search.  Handouts with tips and information about living off campus, and resources guides are also available.  Additionally, we host 2 Off-Campus Housing Fairs annually, one each semester.  The Off-Campus Housing Fair brings nearly all the property managers in the area together in a single location on campus so that students may learn about their off-campus options.  Further, extremely important stakeholders attend: Student Legal Services, Office of Emergency Management, Renter's Insurance Companies, and the Town of Blacksburg etc.

You may list it on our website  for free, as long as you are a current Virginia Tech Student.  You must create a user name and password to navigate the site, and must use your @vt.edu email address.  From there, you may follow the prompts to post.  

You can also list as a non-student for a fee.  Please call 1-877-895-1234 for assistance.

There is an incredibly early market in Blacksburg.  Most students begin to search (and sign leases) for off-campus housing in October for the following Fall (nearly a year in advance).  This guarantees their top choice.  Properties within walking distance, one bedrooms, and newer properties typically lease out the quickest.  However, there are still plenty of availabilities in the Spring.

It is never too late to find housing in this area.  There are always vacancies; even with increased enrollment.  We also are experiencing a lot of growth in off-campus properties. 

No.  Our office is not permitted to give legal advice.  However, Student Legal Services, located in Squires Student Center (Room 143), can and will look over your lease.  Student Legal Services is a free services provided to any Virginia Tech Student on the Blacksburg campus where you can get free legal advice from a licensed attorney.

There is a wide range of rental prices in the Blacksburg area.  Rent can range anywhere from $350/month per person to $700/month per person, plus utilities. Many of the more expensive properties will include some of the utilities and extra amenities (pools, gyms, tanning, club house etc.).  

The most common mode of transportation is the Blacksburg Transit.  The BT runs to nearly every property in the area, and is utilized by many students.  Student are able to ride the BT for free just by showing their Hokie Passport.

No.  Most often the lease is going to be a 12 month lease.  However, sometimes it is possible to find a shorter lease, but not common.

Yes, often you can.  However, keep in mind, loans usually do not disperse until several weeks into the semester, and a deposit and the first month’s rent as well as any fees for setting up utilities will be due prior.  You will need to contact the Financial Aid office to gather specific information in regards to your loans and the options you have.

You can visit our website to search for a roommate.  All you have to do is create a profile; you can then search the profiles of others and you will be searchable.  Facebook is also a good tool.  We have a Facebook page that many students use to connect.

With an individual lease you are responsible for just your portion of the rent (essentially the room you are renting); and you will be the only tenant (along with your guarantor) who signs that lease.  In a group lease, you and all of your roommates sign one lease and are jointly responsible for the entire unit.

A roommate agreement is a legally binding document, which is extremely useful when signing a joint lease.  You and all your roommates will sign the roommate agreement that outlines the relationship between tenants; to include how rent and utilities are to be paid.  You can make an appointment with Student Legal Services for assistance in creating a Roommate Agreement.

Yes.   In almost all cases a guarantor will be required.  However, property managers may make exceptions under certain circumstances.  It is best to speak directly to your prospective property manager to see if other arrangements can be made, if necessary.

If you plan to not live in a unit you have signed a lease for, you will likely find yourself in need of a sublet.  You must first check with your property manager, and determine if subletting is permitted.  If so, you may list it on our website for free, as long as you are a current Virginia Tech Student.  You must create a user name and password to navigate the site, and must use your @vt.edu email address.  From there, you may follow the prompts to post.  However; it is highly advised that you make an appointment with Student Legal Services before signing a sublet agreement- as it is a legally binding contract.

Blacksburg is generally a very safe place to live.  However, you may want to visit this Blacksburg Police Dept. website to learn specifics on any crime activity.  You can also contact the Blacksburg Police Department at 540-961-1150.

Some properties will come furnished.  You will need to check with each specific property to determine if it is furnished.  However, if it is not furnished, there is a furniture rental company.  CORT offers furniture rental packages.

At some places certain amenities are included in rent.  Not always though; it depends on the property manager. This is a good question to ask a property manager prior to signing a lease.

This will be determined by the property manager.  While there are many pet friendly units, there are also often restrictions.  Be sure to ask your prospective property manager prior to signing a lease.

Since the lease is a legally binding contract; you are responsible for the payment of the rent, even if you do not return.  You should first check with your property manager to determine your options.  Most of the time you are able to sublet to another individual.

First, you may want to talk to Student Conduct to set up a mediation session between you and your roommates, and see if your differences can be resolved.  If the differences are irreconcilable, you may want to contact Student Legal Services (studentlegalservices@vt.edu) to determine further options.  

There are only a few properties located on the perimeter of campus.  However, most properties are within a 2 mile radius.  And, almost all properties are on the bus route, which is the most common means of transportation.