Moving to the Neighborhood
Many Regis University students choose to live off campus during their junior and senior years at Regis. The resources below will help you be a good neighbor and make the most of your off campus living experience.
Tips for Signing a Lease
- Important: Read the fine print and be aware of what the landlord expects of you.
- Accuracy: Make sure the lease accurately reflects the terms and dates of the lease as agreed upon by you and your landlord. It is also helpful to know what happens once the lease is up. Be sure to know if you have the option to renew, or does the lease change to a month-by-month agreement? Along the same lines, know what the lease says about termination. What events give the landlord the right to evict you, and what events might allow you to get out of your lease early if necessary?
- Security Deposit: The purpose of the deposit is to ensure that rent is paid on time, and to cover unusual repairs that may be needed when a renter moves out due to damage caused by the renter. Make sure you take pictures of things you didn’t do before moving in.
- Utilities: It is important to know which utilities you are expected to pay for, and to have those utility bills put in your name when you move into a new residence.
- Monthly Rents: Make sure your lease states the monthly rent amount and what day the rent is due each month. It also important to have a clear understanding of what happens if you pay your rent late and if you are given a grace period for paying. Also, some landlords will put a provision in the lease that provides for automatic rent increases.
- Renter Insurance: Some leases require a tenant to have renter's insurance, while others do not. Even if your landlord does not require this insurance, it is wise to invest in some insurance for the property in your rented space. Landlords are not responsible for damage or theft of your property and possessions.
- Maintenance and repairs: Another issue to educate yourself on before signing the lease is maintenance. What repairs or maintenance are you, as the tenant, responsible for? What is the process for requesting maintenance or repairs from your landlord or rental agency? How long can you expect it to take for repairs to be made?
You’re out on your own and away from family or University authority...but you need to consider some other people now: your new neighbors! Keep in mind that your neighbors may not be fellow college students and they want to keep their neighborhood nice, with your help.
- Introduce yourself: Become a part of the neighborhood and let your neighbors know they are welcome to talk with you if they have a question or concern.
- Noise and parties: Remember, most of your neighbors need to get up early to go to work or school, or they may be elderly. Late night parties or loud music won’t win you any friends, and it may get you a visit from the police. If you do have a party, let the neighbors know a few days ahead of time, keep it contained in your house, and keep the noise down. Be aware that Denver has a noise ordinance in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., which is
enforced by the police. You should also make sure your guests don’t take your neighbors’ usual parking spaces or leave trash on the streets and in the neighborhood.
- Trash and yard care: If you are living in a house, it is your responsibility to keep your yard from becoming the neighborhood eyesore. Do not let grass and weeds become unmanageable. The City and County of Denver enforces ordinances regarding unsafe, unsightly or unsanitary conditions. Problems to watch out for include rubbish in yards, rubbish along alley, weeds, accumulation of junk, misuse of City containers and junk cars.
- Neighborhood parking: Be considerate to your neighbors in sharing street parking. Watch out for street cleaning days to avoid citations. Don’t leave your vehicles parked on the street as they can be cited and towed after 72 hours.
Regis University Numbers
Regis University (main number): 303.458.4100
Campus Safety: 303.458.4122
College Academic Dean’s Office: 303.458.4040
Dean of Students Office: 303.458.4086
Student Activities: 303.458.3505
Angels with Paws: 303.274.2264
Colorado Humane Society & SPCA: 303.988.4465
Denver Dumb Friends League: 303.751.5772
City & County of Denver (Municipal Offices): 720.570.1508
Animal Control/Shelter: 303.698.0076
Noise Control: 720.865.5452
Environmental Health & Housing: 720.865.3200
Trash Pickup: 720.865.6900
Denver City Government Information: 720.913.4900
Denver Fire Department
Main Office General Inquiries: 720.913.3473
Denver Police Department
Department of Motor Vehicles: 303.205.5600
HomeSmart from Xcel Energy (Utilities): 866.837.9762
Excel Electric Emergency/ Power Outage: 800.895.1999
Excel Gas/Gas Odor Emergency: 800.895.2999
Denver Water: 303.893.2444
After Hour Emergency: 303.623.6390
The following information provides important details you will need to consider
once you have found an off-campus place to live.
- Rental agreements: Be sure to get a written rental agreement or lease, even if the arrangement is only month-to-month. The agreement should spell out all the normal features of the rental arrangement, including the services for which tenants and roommates are responsible.
- Roommates: Make certain everyone who will be living with you signs the rental agreement so you’re not left as the only one responsible to the landlord. Work out an agreement on who will handle the billing for phone, utilities, rent, groceries, etc., and who can contribute what (monetary or otherwise) to the house or apartment supplies.
- Bills: Make sure that everyone shares the bills equally and that no one person is responsible for everything.
- Phone: Each roommate should have their own plan for phone charges (either cell phone or personal long distance calling card) and separate billing so that one person doesn’t get stuck trying to collect an enormous bill and suffer credit problems as a result.
- Deposits/Damages: Confirm the purpose of any advance deposits are described in writing in the rental agreement. Also, provide the landlord with an inspection report of the premises before moving in so you have a record of problems in case you are charged for them later. Keep a copy of this report for your records and take pictures of any damages.
Living off-campus gives you an opportunity to adopt a pet! However, keep the following information in mind:
- License it! This is a requirement for pet owners in Denver.
- Have your pet inoculated against disease.
- Obey leash laws: Don’t allow your pet to run loose. Make sure to clean up after your pet!
- Fence your yard: Don’t confine your dog to the end of a chain. Chaining a dog leaves it defenseless if it is threatened and in many places causes the animal to become extremely frustrated and possibly dangerous.
- Seek professional advice about obedience training. This may be especially helpful if your dog barks. Denver has an ordinance which prohibits persons who either own or keep a dog to permit it to continuously bark, howl or yelp and disturb the neighborhood. This is considered a public nuisance and could result in a fine.
- Spay or neuter your pet to curb aggressive behavior and eliminate the tragic overpopulation problem.
- Realize the time commitment that comes with owning a pet.