Off Campus Life – CGCC

Off Campus Life

Off Campus Life

Mission Statement

The Student Life staff assists students in finding safe and affordable housing in Columbia and Greene Counties. The office also helps to educate students on their rights and responsibilities as tenants and citizens.

Current Offerings

Columbia-Greene Community College has no on-campus housing. The Student Life office in the main building, Room 302B, provides to students information on available area housing.

Housing Options

The housing options include renting an apartment or arranging to rent a room in a nearby family home. The college assumes no responsibility and takes no part in the agreement between landlord and tenant. All rental properties listed by the college must be in compliance with the Civil Right Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (amended in 1972). These Acts state that housing is available to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex or natural origin.

Questions to ask when looking for an apartment:


  • How much is monthly rent? How much is the security deposit? When will you get your deposit back?
  • If you have roommates, do you each sign the lease? Are you each responsible for your own share of the rent, or will you be expected to cover costs if one of the roommates doesn’t pay? Are there extra fees for additional roommates?
  • What day is the first rent payment due? On what day is rent due after that?
  • Which utilities are you responsible for?
  • What is the average cost of utilities?

Building and Grounds

  • Are the hallways, entryways and grounds clean and well lit?
  • Are there on-site laundry facilities?
  • Is there off-street parking?
  • Who is responsible for garbage removal?
  • Are snow removal and /or lawn care provided?


  • How close are you to school and/or work?
  • Is there a grocery store nearby?
  • Is the neighborhood safe?

Rental Unit

  • Does the landlord behave professionally? Are repairs made in a timely fashion?
  • Do the doors have dead-bolt locks?
  • Do the windows open, close and lock? Do they have air leaks? Are screens and/or storms provided?
  • Is there enough heat and hot water? (Test by running the hot water and checking to see how quickly it heats up.)
  • Does the apartment have individual meters for tenant-paid utilities?
  • Are there any spots on the ceiling from leakage?
  • Is there any evidence of roaches?
  • Does the apartment have a smoke detector?
  • Are there any repairs needed prior to moving in? If so, have them note in your lease, along with a schedule for completion.

Furnishings and Appliances

  • Which appliances and/or pieces of furniture are provided?
  • Does the apartment need to be painted?
  • Does the carpet need to be cleaned?

CGCC Student Handbook – For pertinent information, read the Code of Conduct section (Adobe Reader required – get it at Link opens in new window).

Rights and Responsibilities – For more information, read about¬†Tenant’s Rights (link opens in new browser window).

Newspaper links: The Daily Mail (link opens in new browser window) and Register-Star (link opens in new browser window)

For more information about off-campus housing, contact the Admissions Office at 518.697.6500.


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