International Student Housing
Housing for the Academic Year
New students have a choice whether they want to commute to Caldwell from the surrounding area or live in College-sponsored housing on-campus. There are a variety of factors to consider when making the choice of where to live: proximity to campus, costs, security, personal and family lifestyles, and transportation. However, OISS always suggests that new students choose to live on-campus for at least their first year if they do not have friends or family close enough to host them as a commuter. Both on-campus and off-campus housing can be difficult to obtain in the few days just before the beginning of the semester, so students should always plan ahead and have their living situation set-up before arriving at the College.
- The Caldwell University Residence Life website has information on on-campus housing
On-campus housing is limited and submitting your online housing application early should guarantee you a spot in the residence halls. On-campus housing choices include single and double rooms, situated in buildings designed for first-year, upper-classmen, or specialized 24-hour quiet populations. Married couples cannot be accommodated and children cannot be accommodated, as our halls are specifically designed for students only. All rooms are furnished only with desks, dressers, and beds. Students should plan to buy sheets, pillows, and all other dorm room accessories here in the United States. If you arrive and do not have time to purchase bedding, it will be provided to you upon request to the OISS or Residence Life staff on-campus. Prices for housing vary based on room and building type, and students are allowed to stay in the halls beginning on the weekend before classes begin in September until the weekend finals end in May. Summer break is not included in the housing contract and has specific criteria and fees associated with this session. Current international residential students who are returning for the following academic year are eligible to apply. Students must be in good academic, financial and judicial standing. There is an application process that is sent out in late March to apply for the summer housing. There is no meal plan associated with the fee to reside on campus during the summer session. The Office of Residence Life does not charge the summer session as a month by month basis but rather by academic sessions or the entire summer. Fees are determined each year and posted on the application.
One must sign a one-year housing agreement to obtain on-campus housing. Signing this agreement obligates the occupant to pay their housing bill for the full term of the lease unless he or she withdraws from Caldwell. More information and on-campus housing applications can be obtained from Residence Life.
Within the Caldwell area, housing varies greatly in price, convenience, location, condition, and type of accommodation. In selecting off-campus housing, one must consider all these factors and be certain that the housing is secure. Prices in Caldwell and surrounding towns are expensive, and students should consider on-campus housing if they do not have family and friends already living in the area.
Sharing a house or apartment with other students or renting a room in a house are common ways of economizing on housing costs. Single rooms are sometimes furnished. Efficiency, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments include kitchen facilities but most often are not furnished. Tenants often assume responsibility for payment of all utilities (electricity, gas, phone) except water. Tenants must be prepared to pay three months of rent (security deposit, and first and last month’s rent) when they sign leases for off-campus housing. The payment must be made by check or money order, not a credit card. By signing a lease agreement, the tenant is obligated to pay rent for the full term of the lease, regardless of his or her academic status at Caldwell. Off-campus lease agreements typically cover periods of one year.
Rent.com is a free, easy-to-use website and mobile app that makes it easy for students to find the perfect apartment near campus. Whether you’re looking for a cozy studio to study in or you need a place that’s close to class that you can share with roommates, Rent.com has a wide variety to choose from.