Living in college-owned off-campus housing allows you some freedoms and different responsibilities than living in a traditional residence hall.  While your “landlord” is still the College, there are important items that you will have to take care of on your own. The list below provides some insight to your time off campus and some household check list items.

Apartment/House Maintenance

The Facilities Operations department is responsible for cleaning and maintaining College owned off-campus properties.  Our office acts as a liaison between students and Facilities Operations. Students are prohibited from doing their own repairs.

Maintenance Requests

Non-emergency repairs should be submitted through a work order request or by informing your RA.  Emergency requests should be reported immediately as follows:

  • Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., call Facilities Operations at 610-330-5373.
  • After 4:30 p.m. and on the weekends, call Public Safety at 610-330-5330.

Contracted Services

Lafayette College does not provide cable, internet or phone services to students living in college-owned off-campus students. Whether you live in private or college-owned housing, you are responsible for contracting vendors for any and all services you choose. It is a good idea to talk over these services as a household (include all roommates) in order to make decisions about finances, usage and account ownership. Here is a list of phone, internet and cable providers in this area.

Furnishings and Decorations

College-owned houses and apartments are supplied with basic furnishings:

  • Bedroom: bed, desk, desk chair, and a dresser for each student (similar to residence hall rooms)
  • The Residence at 512 March St. has full sized beds, all other college-owned units are traditional XL twins, the same as in residence halls.
  • Kitchen/Dining area: a table and chair per student, oven/stove and standard sized refrigerator
  • Living Room: generally seating for six, usually in the form of couch, loveseat and chair. Each unit should also have a coffee table.

Talk with your roommates about bringing additional furnishing that will give your place that personal touch. Don’t forget about your outdoor spaces. Only appropriate outdoor furniture is allowed. No inside furniture outside!

As you think about how you are going to decorate your spaces please keep in mind, off-campus housing is no different than your days in the residence halls. You will be charged for any nail/pin holes in walls. Please invest in any non-paint pulling adhesive products (eg: 3M Command products).  Most off-campus units have map rail to attached wall hangings to, please use them to avoid damage charges.


You are given checkpoint access to the community laundry room in the Soles Hall if you live in college-owned off-campus housing. This coin-less facility is located in the basement of Soles with access through an exterior entrance off of the Health Center’s parking lot. There is a large 24-hour study lounge connected to the laundry room which off-campus students are welcome to use while they do their laundry.


Room Inspection Forms

Upon arrival to your off-campus house or apartment, one of the first things you and your roommates must do is inspect its condition. You will be given two forms when you sign out your keys: a Room Inspection Form for each bedroom and a Common Area Inspection Form for the shared spaces (ie. kitchen, bathroom, living room). In order to make the most accurate report possible, we suggest you perform the inspection and complete the forms before you move in personal belongings which may mask damages and problem areas. The account of the condition you take now will serve as the basis for subsequent inspections (October and April). Damages found during these inspections that were not noted on the initial form will be your responsibility.

Each form should be filled out properly following the “Instructions for completing Room Inspection Forms” directions and returned to the Office of Residence Life (132 Farinon Center) within 48 hours of your arrival. If you discover items that need maintenance, please Report a Facilities Problem.