Student Tenant Education Program (STEP)

A core function Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) is to educate students about their rights and responsibilities living off-campus, particularly in the Merriam Park and Macalester-Groveland neighborhoods around St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus.

The Student Tenant Education Program (STEP) is two workshops designed to provide students with fundamental resources and knowledge about living off-campus.

When does STEP take place?

The Student Tenant Education Program consists of two, one-hour workshops. Students must attend both sessions in order to be recognized as having completed the program.

STEP is scheduled over convo hour on April 10 and 12, 2018. If demand exceeds capacity, we will schedule more sessions in early April.

How do I sign up?

Participation in STEP is open to all current St. Thomas students. Click here to register for the two-part course (a sign-in to Microsoft Forms may be required).

Questions? Contact Off-Campus Student Services at or 651-962-6659. Or visit us in person in ASC 253 (Anderson Student Center).

What does STEP cover?

Students will learn about living off-campus responsibly, maintaining their property, developing good relationships with permanent residents and becoming part of the community around campus.

Content areas include:

  • The landlord-tenant relationship
  • Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
  • Meeting and interacting with permanent residents
  • Off-campus Safety

This content will be presented by Off-Campus Student Services staff, the director of Neighborhood Relations and guests from St. Thomas and the community, including landlords and neighbors.

Why should students complete the program?

Beyond the resources and information on student-renter rights and responsibilities, student tenants who complete the program tend to have fewer negative incidents in the neighborhood.

Ask your landlord if he or she offers a security-deposit discount or has completion of the program written into your lease.

Isn't “Renter 101” good enough?

OCSS hosts an annual Renter’s Education panel in early December featuring off-campus students sharing advice and information about their experiences. That program is an introductory overview.

STEP provides more in-depth content and is intended for those students who are seriously considering renting off-campus -- or who may already be renting and are looking for more in-depth information.

Space is limited, so sign up early!