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Locating Housing

Off-Campus Housing Disclaimer

Any property or rental unit on this website does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as 1) an endorsement or approval by Iona University or 2) a warranty or representation by Iona University as to the equality, safety, or other features of such property and/or its owners or management agent(s). Iona University expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to such property or rental units or with regard to disputes between landlords and tenants concerning such property or rental units. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own judgment when evaluating a prospective rental unit or landlord. Iona University does not own, inspect, endorse, or recommend any specific unit listed. Iona University cannot speak to the completeness or accuracy of the information listed.

Iona University encourages students to take advantage of the multiple opportunities to reside on-campus. Iona University does not maintain a list of off-campus properties. If eligible students choose to live off-campus after speaking with appropriate personnel and family members, they are encouraged to review timeline recommendations and sample resources and contact a local real estate agent familiar with the area to obtain additional information.

Locating Housing Tips


Decide if you are ready to move off-campus. Once you decide to move off-campus, decide if you want to move off-campus alone or with friends. If you want to move off with friends, begin to have some serious roommate conversations so you ensure you move in with roommates you will be able to live with for the whole year. You will be locked into a lease. Decide where you want to live, what you are looking for, and how much you can afford to spend each month.


Prepare a monthly budget. Make sure you plan to save for moving costs. Begin to look for apartments and houses in your price range.


Visit apartments. Explore New Rochelle. Decide the area you want to live in. Talk to landlords. Ask neighbors of the apartments you are looking at about the area, the landlord, etc. Visit the apartment at night and during the day to check for noise and safety issues.


If you've identified a space, before you sign a lease, schedule a walkthrough with your landlord to document damage done to the apartment. Get a schedule of when any damage to the dwelling will be fixed in writing. Check safety items to make sure they work (door locks, window locks, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc.). Decide upon a move-in date. Request that your landlord change your locks after the last tenant moves out for your safety. Get this in writing.

Have a lawyer review your lease. Sign the lease. Get a receipt for any money left with a landlord. When possible, give a check. Also, make sure you get a signed copy of the lease with your landlord's address and contact information.

Fill out a roommate agreement with everyone living in your dwelling to ensure you all understand how to be excellent roommates. Decide what housewares and furnishings you will bring.

Set up your utilities at least two weeks before moving in.


Walk through the apartment with your landlord again. Take pictures of any damage. Sign off on a room condition form so as to not be charged for pre-existing damage done to the apartment before you arrived.

All roommates should move-in on the same day at the same time. Make sure everything works on move-in day. Everyone should decide who will live in each room and come to an agreement on where the furniture should be placed. Be cautious when moving in not to cause damage to the walls, floors, etc.

Review your lease with your roommates. Review your roommate agreement.

Real Estate Agents

The following agencies are some of the many real estate agencies in the community willing to help students secure off-campus housing. Iona University does not endorse any particular agency or communicate with any agency on behalf of students.

Iona University does not have an affiliation with any local real estate agents as a preferred vendor. The following is a list of local real estate agents who are willing to assist you in locating an apartment or room in the surrounding community.

  • Anthony Madia '22
    Real Estate Agent
    eXp Realty
    Phone: (917) 843-7423
  • Chris Calabrese
    Realty Executives Metro | The Calabrese Team
    7024 18th Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11204
    Office: (718) 236-7100
    Mobile: (718) 612-4699
  • Daniel T. Carello Realty
    90 Drake Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10805
    Phone: (914) 632-0500

Other Resources

Please check what utilities are included. In most cases if you rent an apartment in an apartment-style building the heat and hot water are included. If you rent an apartment in a private house, or rent a full house, all utilities may be extra and not included in the rental fees.

Rental Cost Comparison
City Room in a House Studio One Bedroom Two Bedroom Three Bedroom
New Rochelle $600 - $900 $1,100 - $1,300 $1,400 - $1,800 $1,800 - $2,400 $2,100 - $3,000+