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How Is Living Off-Campus Different from Living On-Campus?

Lifestyle and Culture 

Living on campus, you are in the midst of a student culture where virtually everyone embraces a student lifestyle. Living off-campus you are living with neighbors of varied life-styles and of all ages from young children to senior citizens. Most of the adults have jobs and many are raising families. 

Student life style and culture do not always mesh well with your neighbors’ priorities and responsibilities.  When issues arise, they are often related to student behavior. You should take the time to get acquainted with your neighbors, and be sensitive to their needs. Many neighborhoods have active associations you may wish to join so you can connect and participate. 

Student Behavior 
Living off campus does not excuse you from complying with the Student Standards of Behavior and Code of Conduct (pdf).  All UD students are obliged to observe these standards, wherever they may be or wherever they may live.  If you live off campus, you should consult sections 6. Environmental Disrespect, pp. 5.  Living off campus requires that you adapt your lifestyle to the community you have entered.  This means respecting your temporary neighborhood and your neighbors.   

Laws 
In off-campus neighborhoods, housing is regulated by the local laws and zoning and housing codes.  These laws regulate such things as the occupancy limits of houses and apartments, litter, noise, management of trash, outdoor furniture, and safety issues such as emergency egress.  You and/or your landlord are responsible for observing these laws and are subject to citations and fines if you do not conform to regulations.   

Students planning to live off campus should inform themselves about the housing available to them and the zoning laws which regulate tenancy.  For example, most cities regulate the number of unrelated people who can live in a single-family house.  Groups of four or more students will have difficulty finding housing off-campus.  Avoid fines and eviction by checking with local authorities: 

City of Dayton: www.cityofdayton.org 
City of Oakwood: www.ci.oakwood.oh.us/
City of Kettering: www.ci.kettering.oh.us 

Safety and Security 
On campus, safety and security issues are the responsibility of UD’s Department of Public Safety.  In off-campus neighborhoods, security is handled by the city police departments.  They handle criminal activity and respond to complaints but do not routinely patrol areas where students may live.