One of the biggest decisions you have to make as an international student is where to live. Living on campus in the residence halls is a great way to become part of the UA community – you can learn about American culture, be close to classes, resources and campus activities, and meet friends. Another benefit to living on campus is winter break housing.

If you choose to live off campus, this option offers privacy, affordability and proximity to the Tucson community. Whether you decide to live on or off campus, you should familiarize yourself with the resources and housing options available and know what is expected of you as a resident or renter.

Resources for Housing

Residence Life: This office assists students with undergraduate on-campus housing options. The Residence Life website includes information on choosing a hall, the selection and assignment process, and a special section for international students.

Graduate Housing/La Aldea: On-campus housing option for graduate and professional students

Off-Campus Housing (OCH): This office provides students with off-campus living options and resources. The OCH resource page contains sample budget spreadsheets, apartment checklists, roommate contracts, emergency contacts and even helpful housing tips for international students.

Off-Campus Housing Guidebook: This guidebook offers information about the following:

  • How to search for a place

  • Expenses and budgeting

  • Utilities

  • Safety

  • Leases – You can take a copy of your lease to ASUA Legal Services and have it reviewed for free before you sign it.

  • Landlords, neighbors, and roommates

Ten Tenant Tips from ASUA Legal Services

Be cautious when using non-UA sites such as Craigslist to secure housing especially when potential landlords request bank information or payment before you have viewed a property.