Renter Resources

Many students make the decision to live in rental units in the neighborhoods near campus.  Before signing a lease, it's important for students to know their rights and responsibilities as renters.  Off-Campus Student Life, located at ASC 253 (651 962-6138), is specifically set up to provide information and guidance to students seeking to rent. 

Make sure to inspect an aparment or house before signing a lease. Ensure any and all safety features are in working order, including, but not limited to:

  • Doors and locks
  • Windows and window locks
  • Any exterior lighting
  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Egress windows
  • Garage doors and openers

Landlords, by law, are required to make sure a rental unit is:

  • Fit to live in
  • Kept in reasonable repair
  • Kept in compliance with state and local health and housing codes

If, upon entering into a lease agreement, necessary repairs are not being made, or not being made in reasonable time, you can file a complaint with the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections.

If you live off campus and have an emergency situation at your residence, you must contact 911. Follow-up contact can then be made with Public Safety.

It is in your best interest to be familiar with St. Paul's social host ordinance. It is a misdemeanor to host a gathering in a residence where alcohol is possessed or consumed by underage persons.    

Additional safety tips for renters:

  • Keep all doors and windows locked, even when you are home.
  • Do not keep valuables in plain view of uncovered windows.
  • Report any damaged or malfunctioning locks, doors, or windows immediately to your landlord for repair.
  • Reinforce doors with deadbolt locks and/or adjustable security bars.
  • Reinforce sliding doors or windows with wooden or metal rods placed in the slide track.
  • Do not open doors for strangers.
  • If you see suspicious persons at your door or on your property, contact the police immediately.

Additional renter resources from the Office of the MN Attorney General:

Moving into an apartment »

Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities »