If you have any questions, or would like to set up an appointment to discuss off-campus housing, please contact Liz Kew, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Residential Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off Campus Leasing Companies
TGM Andover Park, Lawrence
1.6 mi/ 6 mins
Pricing starting at $1,549*
Leases are 10 and 12 months
Utilities not included
Specials for Merrimack students and employees:
Lock and key fee waived
$150 off of your first months rent
Can be combined with other offers
Appleton Square, Methuen
3.3 mi/ 7 mins
Pricing starting at $1,660*
Leases are 12 months
Utilities not included
Royal Crest, North Andover
0.4 mi/1 min
Pricing starting at $1,609*
Leases ranging from 7-15 months
Utilities not included
River Pointe at Den Rock Park, Lawrence
1.9 mi/ 5 mins
Pricing starting at $1,634*
Leases ranging from 2-15 months
Utilities not included
Doing Your Own Search
Before Starting Your Search
Where should I live?
Do you need to be near campus?
Do you have transportation?
What is your budget?
Are you looking to have a roommate?
Things to Consider
A lease is a contract. The amount of time that you sign for is that amount of time you are expected to pay. If the place you are looking to lease with has a 12 month lease, and you cannot stay the entire time, you should ask if subletting is allowed and if there are additional fees associated.
Depending on your personal finances, you may need a cosigner so start having conversations with your parent/guardian sooner than later.
If you are thinking of having roommates, know that roommate conflicts will be handled on your own. Make sure you are comfortable with the person you decide to live with and are having good conversations about living together before committing to live together.
You may be wondering if your financial aid will be impacted if you decide to move off-campus. Your financial aid should not be impacted as long as you are not moving home. However, it is always a good idea to speak with your financial aid advisor because not everyone’s circumstance is the same.
Once you decide to move off-campus you will need to submit a signed copy of your lease to the bursar to receive a refund check that you can put toward your off-campus housing.
Shop around. Don’t feel pressured to take the first thing you see. If you have time, look at a few places to make comparisons.
Thinking About a Roommate?
Are you looking for roommates who are the same age is you?
How many people do you want to share your home with?
How many people can you comfortably live with?
What are your study habits?
What is your attitude toward guests, parties, etc?
Will conflicts occur with your roommate because of different personal schedules, diets, pets, smoking, or parties?
What are you willing to pay as your share of rent?
How are you willing to divide the rent (evenly, or depending on room size and sharing)?
Length of Time
How long are you planning on living in this home?
Are you willing to put your name on the utilities bill, lease, and security deposit?
Are you willing to have roommate’s name on those same bills?
Will there be designated chores/ responsibilities?
How much do you care about cleanliness/maintenance?
Would you rather buy food and supplies (laundry detergent, paper towels, and toiletries) separately or together?
What is your policy on sharing possessions such as computers, TVs and speakers?
What are you willing to contribute to the space?
Would you like to have a pet?
Would you share responsibility of the pet?
Do you need parking?
How much would you pay?
How will you determine boundaries with your roommates, your space and your time?
Expectations of your Roommate Relationship
Will you want your roommate to just share financial responsibility or do you want them to be in your social life?
Questions to Ask a Potential Roommate
Do you lock your doors while you’re home?
Do you make sure you lock the door when you leave?
What would you do if you had not heard from your roommate in 48 hours?
How often do you expect your roommate to clean?
How important is a clean home to you?
What are you willing to clean?
Can personal property be left in the common spaces?
Are you okay with your roommate using your belongings, such as clothes, food, electronics, cooking items, etc.?
What type of relationship are you looking to have with your roommate? A friend or someone to share finances with?
What are expectations around noise and visitors?
Are you a morning person or a night person?
How do you like to study? Where do you normally study?
What are your feelings on smoking? Noise? Parties?
Are there any outlooks that you have that are really important to you?
Questions to Ask Regarding Your Search
When do I start my apartment search?
As early as possible. Starting early will give you a sense of what is available, time to search for roommates, and start thinking about what is important to you in your living space.
What should I look for in the apartment before renting?
Plumbing- What is the pressure in the pipes like? Are you noticing watermarks? Turn on faucets and flush toilets.
Appliances- Are they working? What do they run on, gas or electric? Turn on the lights, do the switches work?
Heating/Cooling: Do you have your own controls, or does the landlord control the temperature?
Safety: Are there smoke detectors and sprinklers? What kind of locks are there on the doors and windows? Is the outside area well lit, as well as any hallways.
Other: Are there any furnishings that come with the apartment? What type of leases are available? What is the average cost of utilities? What amenities are on the property? How much parking is available if any?
What questions should I ask when meeting with a landlord?
Will you take a check from all tenants or just one from the group?
How much is the security deposit? Do any utilities come included in the rent?
What does the unit receive for parking? Is there a monthly charge?
If the last month of the lease is not a full month will it be prorated?
Is there a washer/dryer in unit, or is there on on site? If there is a laundry room is it coin operated or is there an electronic payment system? How many washers and dryers are there in the laundry room?
Is there a maintenance person on call 24/7? What is the emergency number?
Who is responsible for outdoor maintenance? Snow removal/ cutting grass?
Can tenants sublet? If so, is there a fee associated with subletting?
Are you able to shut the utilities off over the summer if no one is in the space?
When should I sign my lease?
You should be speaking to the landlord/ leasing office in regards to what their timeline is. Some people need your to sign up to 60 days prior to move-in.
Students should exercise caution when renting a space. Here are some tips to protect yourself during the apartment search and the rental period.
- Never pay or be paid with cash. A safer alternative is to use a regular or cashiers check, as these methods can be tracked.
- Always have a written lease. Even if your lease is month-to-month your should secure terms of the lease in writing and make sure that you have a copy signed by you and your landlord.
- Do not rent or make payment without seeing the space. This helps allow you to know the condition of the space when leasing.
- Meet your landlord in person. This will allow for you to get to know who you would be dealing with when renting.
- Make sure your written lease has the address of the property owner or agent. You want to make sure that the address is not going to a P.O. Box or U.P.S. box.
- Be aware of people who are pressuring you to rent, and do not care about your personal information.
- The best way to secure a lease is through a licensed real estate agent. They will be able to bring you to credible rentals, and if there is a scam you can hold the agent responsible
- Avoid subleasing.
Utilities and Communication Resources
Rights and Responsibilities
Roommate InformationIf you are looking to live with someone else off-campus, but do not have anyone in mind, complete a roommate form by clicking on the link below that applies to you. Please note that this system does not match you. You will need to go to the section below, to look at other profiles. You use your Merrimack College email address when submitting this form. Any profiles that are not listed with a Merrimack college email address will be deleted. Incoming students will receive an enrollment package 3-5 days after they have deposited with this information. Do not communicate with anyone unless contact is initiated through their Merrimack College e-mail address. It is important that you communicate fully with your potential roommate to ensure that you will be a good fit for one another.
Once you have completed your own form, start looking to see who has also submitted, by clicking on the undergraduate, or graduate link, depending on what your status is. Make sure that you are logged in with your Merrimack credentials to view submissions.