Student Tenant Education Program (STEP)

A core function Off-Campus Student Life (OCSL) 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 will be held in both February and April 2020: Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -- all sessions in Murray-Herrick, room 204.

How do I sign up?

Participation in STEP is open to all current St. Thomas students, whether they live on campus or in the neighborhood. 

E-mail Amy Gage, director of neighborhood relations, with the dates you would like to attend. Or call her at 651-962-6123.

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 Life 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?

OCSL hosts an annual Renter’s Education panel in Fall Semester 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!