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Off-Campus Housing

 
Off-Campus Housing Resources AQ Off-Campus Living Standards Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance
Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities (pdf) Rental Furnishings  
 
Aquinas College is committed to building positive relationships with students and the local community. This page is AQ's way to bridge the gap.
 
Note: Incoming first and second-year students sign a contract to reside on campus for a minimum of two years. Studies done at Aquinas have shown that freshman and sophomores living on campus, on average, complete more credits of classes and achieve a higher GPA than students residing off-campus. Some exemptions are occasionally granted for not fulfilling the two year residency requirement, but are rare. Simply signing an off-campus agreement does not absolve a student from their legal commitment to campus housing.
 
Off-Campus Housing Resources
Note: The off campus housing information listed below was gathered by Aquinas Residence Life staff but is not associated with Aquinas College in any way.
 
Other websites to help with your search:
www.rentgr.com www.apartmenthomeliving.com
www.apartmentratings.com apartmentlist.com
www.pickalandlord.org  
 
Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan: www.westernmichigan.bbb.org
Eastown Housing Information: www.eastown.org
Grand Rapids Area Crime Statistics: www.crimemapping.com
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan: www.fhcwm.org
Be an Informed Renter! Know Your Rights >Download (pdf)
 
Aquinas College Standards for Off-Campus Living
In accordance with our mission commitments to serve others and promote the common good, and the Dominican Charism of Community, Aquinas College expects students living off campus and/or visiting the surrounding neighborhoods to represent the College in a positive manner at all times.
 
Choosing to live off campus does not circumvent a student's responsibility to abide by all behavioral standards of the Aquinas College Student Conduct Code.  Off-campus resident students will be held responsible, to the extent appropriate, for the actions of their guests.  Students residing or visiting off campus are also expected to comply with all civil ordinances of the City of Grand Rapids (or other municipality) and the State of Michigan.
 
Any student who violates the Student Conduct Code or of any local, state, or federal law while off campus is subject to judicial and other College action up to and including dismissal or suspension.  Aquinas College will not request leniency from any external authority for any person involved in civil or criminal action based on their student status, and will not offer or provide on-campus accommodation to any student if s/he has outstanding rental or damage fees due in relation to a valid lease or rental agreement. 
 
No More Than Four
The City of Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance states that "no more than four unrelated individuals" can live together in a single family home (page 16.11). The Eastown Community Association Housing Committee will be working this year to help enforce this ordinance. Please use caution and common sense in renting, leasing, or sub-letting house and apartment space within the city boundaries. >>Read the Complete Ordinance
 
Rental Furnishings

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