Helpful Resources

The student handbook discusses all of the resources provided on this page and more!

This Plain Language Lease is an example of a typical landlord/tenant contract; in other words, the rental agreement between a tenant and landlord.  The Sublease Agreement is an example contract for the purpose of subletting property, such as renting a room for the summer.
The Rental Inspection Checklist can be used by landlords and tenants to establish damages and defaults in a housing unit. The Extra Occupancy list includes properties around Fort Collins that legally allow more than three unrelated roommates to live together.
Read our Lease Negotiation Strategies so you can get the best deal for yourself! How to Rent a Room in your Home: Step by step procedure for renting out a room in your home.
Rental Scam Information provides strategies of how to avoid rental scams. Don't forget: Student Legal Services will look over a copy of your lease for free! The Sample Sample Rental Application serves as an example of what a typical rental application might look like.
The College Student's Definitive Guide to Rental Agreements by uCrib "breaks down the typical lease into core components, explains specific clauses that students should be aware of points out red flags for students to watch out for, and provides a glossary of relevant terms found in many rental agreements." In My Area  is a localized home services (utilities) comparison shopping site – a one stop shop where you can compare prices and purchase high speed internet, cable, home security, and many other services.
Consumer Affairs provides a list of Best Real Estate Websites.  The guide is no cost to use and is intended to help students and recent graduates make educated decisions about off-campus housing. The resource provides a side-by-side comparison of popular real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and others. It also allows people to compare search tools and information and includes verified reviews from other consumers.  

Student Guide to Fair Housing - Short Version While "student" is not a protected class in Colorado, there ARE state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in housing, so be sure to read up and protect yourself. How to Approach Problems with Your Landlord tells you anything you need to know, from how to solve repair issues to a suggested strategy to approach problems and solve them.
Eviction Information: A link to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension for information on evictions. Notice of Intent to Vacate Guidelines A printable notice of intent to vacate and guidelines.
Passed 30 Days Letter A printable letter to give to your landlord if you have not received anything about your security deposit 30 days after the lease was terminated. Disagree with Damages Withheld Letter For renters who did receive a written statement within thirty or sixty days, but who do not agree with the claims of damages. is an online screening resource to help keep private information safe during the housing application stage.  

The Art of Roommating Hints and language to improve roommate relations. Roommate Agreement A roommate contract that can be signed by all roommates outlining the responsibilities and expected behavior of roommates. Mediation Program Free to Fort Collins' resident

The Budget Workbook is a guide to help you stay on track with your expenses from month to month. Renters Insurance is a great tool to use to protect your belongings against the most unpredictable mishaps.
The Importance of Credit Reports explains why credit reports are beneficial to you. Credit Card Insider is an educational resource to help people learn about credit cards and how to be financially responsible.
SimpleBills is a "service specifically for roommates that splits utility bills by each roommate, receives payment from roommates, and pays the utilities." The Simple Dollar offers financial articles that cover education, insurance, investments, and general banking. has several types of financial resource aids, such as educational articles and calculating tools, including a mortgage calculator and a cost-of-living calculator. The College Affordability Guide is a website that offers students over 15,000 words of advice on how to save on necessary living expenses not covered by scholarships, grants, or other financial aid.
InMyArea allows you to search for utility, internet, and other home service prices. Budget Calculator
Larimer County Conservation Corps Reduce your utility bills and save water and energy with the Larimer County Conservation Corps' Water and Energy Program. The home efficiency assessments are available to renters and owners and include education and free installation of appropriate efficiency measures based on the home’s needs such as light bulbs, shower heads, faucet aerators, a clothesline, and a programmable thermostat. CSU Surplus Property Services Students and residents are welcome to purchase CSU surplus for a low price.

Vacation Tips & Precautions (holidays) is a short list of tips to make sure you leave your home secure before leaving town. provides a lot of great information including reviews from consumers, company information and tips for renters and homeowners.
Helpful Hints for Apartment Hunters can tell you what to look for when looking for an apartment. Print out the Rental Unit Comparison to help you evaluate and narrow down your choice of possible rental units.
The New England Premiere Apartment Hunting Checklist can help you narrow down what you're looking for in an apartment. Just Rent to Own Blog features informative articles written to address concerns by students who are new to off-campus living.
Off-Campus Living tips about what to consider if living on- or off-campus. Apartment Amenities Tips in an infographic on Apartment amenities from
The College Housing Survival Guide by provides "Resources and Advice on Finding the Right Dorm, the Best Apartment and Solid Roommates Both On- and Off-Campus." You can also see their Online Degree Guide or check out their Student Loan Guidebook Student Renter's Guide from is a brief guide for students to read up on, covering information like tenant rights, budgeting tips, roommate tips, etc.'s Mattress Guide covers all of the important information including, but not limited to:
  • All of the things to consider when looking for a sleep surface and bedding for any living situation a college student might face (dorms, off campus living, etc.)
  • A list of all of the new bed in a box direct to consumer mattress options available online with pros/cons, pricing and discount codes
  • Curated lists of online sleep resources for students including sleep hygiene, disorders, sleep statistics and studys performed college students and much more.

Homeowners Insurance Reviews includes a guide to homeowners insurance, detailed company reviews, ratings with data-driven comparisons, and commentary on insurance companies and their policy options.

Safety in Office/Classroom during a Crisis Instructions in case of an emergency.

Moving Guide The earth-friendly guide to disposing your unwanted stuff when you move out!

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