Welcome to the Off-Campus Housing Source Resources Section!
In our Resources Section you will find the most comprehensive grouping of information for University of North Texas at Frisco students looking for off-campus housing in the Greater Frisco Area. From leasing agreement hints, conventional apartments in Frisco to student life on campus, shuttle bus route information and campus parking. It’s all here! This section will inform, educate, and empower any student or parent looking for housing near the UNT at Frisco campus!
You will notice that our this section is broken down into 3 categories: University of North Texas at Frisco, Frisco Resources and General Resource. As you begin your search for off-campus housing you will find that these categories and topics will have great value as you navigate and negotiate your way to your next place you’ll call home. Take a moment and discover our resources section, you’ll be glad you did!
If there is a subject or university support service not covered in this section that you deem beneficial or helpful to your search experience while looking for off-campus housing,… let us know >
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about off-campus housing in Denton by the University of North Texas students.
Do I have to live on campus as a Freshman? Are there requirements to live Off-Campus?
UNT policy requires first-year undergraduate students to live on campus. A student that graduated from high school the semester prior to enrolling at UNT and is enrolled for 9 or more semester hours is subject to this policy. UNT Housing & Residence Life will consider requests for commuter exemptions for students that fall into several categories. For more information >
Where do I get a UNT Housing Application to live at a Residence Hall on campus?
The housing application process lives within the eHousing student portal. You will log in to eHousing with your EUID and password to apply for upcoming terms as those applications periods become available. You do not have to be admitted to the university before starting an application for housing. Along with filling out the UNT Housing and Residence Life Application, students must also enter into a Housing License Agreement with the University of North Texas.
There is always a first time for everything. Odds are,… this is the first time you’ve looked for off-campus housing while attending the University of North Texas. We have assembled a list of industry terms that will be helpful to you as you navigate your way with signing your first lease and securing a place off-campus. Terms will be listed alphabetically.
Apartment Amenities: Apartment amenities are items in the actual apartment space that you wouldn’t expect to find everywhere. Kitchen appliances, types of flooring, patio/balconies, square footage, closet space, lighting, bathrooms fixtures, etc..
Condominium – The difference between a condominium and a regular apartment is simply the legal form of ownership. Each unit is separately owned, while the common areas are jointly owned.
Conventional/Joint Lease: Also referred to as a “per Unit or per Apartment” lease, A Joint Lease is a rental agreement in which two or more tenants rent an entire apartment or house as a single unit. Therefore, a joint lease is the exact opposite of an individual lease: all tenants are not just held equally responsible for their private room and common areas but also for the rooms and behaviors of their roommates. This includes rental payments, maintenance charges, utilities, late fees, etc.
Cottage-Style : An apartment community with individual detached houses built to feel rustic and cozy in the traditional rural fashion.
DCTA: Denton County Transportation Authority. The DCTA provides a City of Denton Connect Bus Route that services most of Denton. This service is free to all current UNT students and employees. ID’s must be presented. DCTA also provides rail services via The A-train which is a 21-mile commuter rail line that connects Denton with Dallas’s DART rail system in Carrollton, Texas. Normal fees apply to the A-train.
Deposit: Security deposits are not a part of the monthly rent. A security deposit is a set amount of money paid at the start of renting a place. This sum of money is held by the landlord throughout the rental agreement or lease. It pays for any damage the renter caused in the unit until the end of the lease period. If there is damage, the renter will lose some of all of the money. . A landlord can keep a security deposit if there are unpaid rent or utility charges.
Dormitory / Residence Hall: this is a college or university building which houses students and is often found on campus. These tend to have more formalized policies, smaller living spaces, and are frequently double-occupancy. The schools typically manage these properties.
Duplex / Fourplex – A duplex house is one building divided into two separate living spaces. Floor Plans are arranged either side by side and sharing a common wall or a two-story arrangement.
Eviction for Cause: The majority of evictions are for a particular reason, or cause, such as failure to pay the rent or repeated violations of the rental agreement. Regardless of the cause (unless it’s criminal activity and law enforcement is involved), landlords must go through the eviction process that gives the tenant an opportunity to answer to the landlord’s claims. There are three basic types of eviction notices that a landlord may send a tenant, Pay Rent or Quit, Cure or Quit, or Unconditional Quite. If you receive and eviction notice, contact Student Legal Services at UNT for free legal advice and assistance.
Family-Friendly Apartment: Identified apartments (homes, duplexes, townhomes, and condominiums) throughout Denton that offer a more convention, non-student environment. These communities might have a student or two living in their community but, the residential profile is a more mature, professional type resident. A mixture of professionals and young families are the makeup of these communities.
Furnished: Most of the furnished communities in Denton are Off-Campus Student Living Apartments. If an apartment is fully-furnished, the apartment will be move-in ready! Cooking items, mini-refrigerator, utensils, shower curtains, towels, bedroom rugs, and personalized decorations will be the responsibility of the individual. Some roommates pull together and buy cooking ware at the beginning of the lease cycle. So, bring your personal items, clothes, laptop & electronics and you’ll be ready to go.
Garden-Style – This apartment will have direct access to a community green-area, backyard or common garden area.
Guarantor: A guarantor is a person (usually a parent or guardian) that agrees to be responsible for another’s (student) debt under a lease contract if the other fails meat their contractual commitment.
Individual Liability Lease: is also known and referred to as a “by-the-bedroom” or “per bed” lease. If you sign an individual lease, you are only responsible for your own monthly rent and you will be held financially accountable for your portion of the rent independent of your other roommates. An individual lease is the most common lease type in Denton’s off-campus student living communities.
Lease Terms: A form outlining an agreement between a lessor and lessee that dictates how long an asset or property will be rented, as well as other housing-related stipulations. The agreement covers an extended period of time known as the “term”, the term of a lease typically lasts for one year. A lease extend past the end of the term, and a lease renewal will need to be drawn up in order to continue using the unit. Some lease agreements may include a clause allowing the tenant to continue a month-to-month tenancy after the lease term ends.
Lease, Individual or Per Bed: Also referred to as an individual Liability Lease. This type of agreement is very common in college towns like Denton where there are apartment communities that cater specifically to students looking to live off campus. These communities are referred to as Off-Campus Student Living Communities. Several individuals will occupy an apartment unit or floor plan and each individual will have a separate bedroom and bathroom or shared bathroom for an agreed upon price. The individual is only responsible for their agreed lease rate and not responsible for others within their apartment unit. The individual has no contractual ties to the other roommates occupying the apartment unit. Most Individual or Per Bed leases will vary between 9-12 months.
Lease, Conventional/Joint or Per Unit: This type of lease agreement is traditionally the most common in the multifamily or apartment industry. Essentially the lease agreement is signed by all parties that will be living in the apartment unit / floor plan. This legally binding agreement defines the individuals occupying the space and contractually ties each individual to the total amount due each month. The landlord will be expecting the total amount paid at the monthly due date. As a student, it is best to have a collection of co-signers or guarantors when entering this type of conventional lease agreement to form a financial commitment for all involved. Most conventional or Per Unit leases will vary from 3-18 months with an “upcharge” for a shorter lease option.
Property Features: Enhancements to the community that creates value and adds to the lifestyle opportunities. Such items as a gated community, swimming pool, free internet service, distance from campus, clubhouse availability, business centers, etc.
Relet: An individual can relets a property space by having a new tenant sign an entirely new lease, thus voiding the original lease (and releasing the original tenant from his or her financial obligations). The relet to another individual constitutes an entirely new contractual relationship. The financial responsibility for rents due still falls on the individual for the original lease until the new lease agreement is signed.
Residence Hall: this is a university building which houses students and provides a campus community experience. These tend to have more formalized policies, smaller living spaces, and are frequently double-occupancy. The University of North Texas manages these on-campus properties.
Security Deposit Fee: A set amount of money paid upfront at the start of renting a place. The landlord keeps money and there is an understanding that “fees” are non-refundable. Usually, fees are paid to offset depreciation and wear-and-tear of the space and used for make-ready costs for the next tenant. Fees are common with Pet-Friendly Communities.
Specials or Concessions: Usually monthly rental rate discounts or waived fees. Most specials or concessions are time-sensitive and provide great saving opportunities.
Student Living Communities: this is an apartment community generally located off-campus that caters primarily to students. These community usually offer individual liability or per bed leases and also come fully furnished to accommodate the nature of the student-transient lifestyle. Many student living communities also provide roommate-matching.
Studio/Efficiency – These are typically smaller apartment units characterized by an open floor plan with no walled-off bedroom space. These floor plans are also referred to as Efficiencies.
Sublet: This occurs when a tenant rents out their current rental space to another individual for a certain period of the lease term. Legally, the original tenant is responsible for collecting your monthly rent and is still financially responsible for the original lease contract. Make sure when you sign your lease that you have the ability to sublet.
Townhome – These are multi-floored units that are meant to mimic the look of detached houses even though they are, in fact, attached.
Utilities: Include Electric, Water, Gas, Trash services. These items/services are usually billed separately from your monthly rent by the municipality where your community is located. Each community is different so, Ask about your utilities!
Utility Cap: A utility cap is the amount of money your property is going to cover per month, per person of your utilities. Once that limit is reached, the rest of the bill will be added to your rent or you will be invoiced separately for the overage. Before you sign your lease agreement, ask the property manager how often people exceed their utility cap.
As we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, we share an individual responsibility to do our part by empowering our students, parents, university faculty and staff with information on how the University of North Texas – Frisco and the city of Frisco are adjusting their operations and implementing protocols in light of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Health Crisis.
The informative links below will connect you to daily announcements by the University of North Texas – Frisco and the City of Frisco. We have also included links to the State of Texas Human Services, The US Department of Health & Human Resources (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) and lastly, the World Health Organization. Our mission is to keep you and the off-campus student community updated and informed. We are all in this together… so, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be UNT-Frisco!
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