Off-Campus Life


Student Information for the Housing Fair

The Housing Fair is an annual event where different housing entities come to Colorado State University to help students find options for off-campus living. Different groups such as apartment complexes, property managers, television companies, etc. have positions in the ballroom where students are able to speak to a representative to learn about or sign up for their services, and in some cases sign a lease for a place to live the following year.

What should I do to prepare for the Housing Fair?

Where is the Housing Fair?

How soon should I look for housing?

Where else can I look for housing?

What should I do to prepare for the Housing Fair?
The Housing Fair is similar to one stop shopping for students and living; however, there are some things you should consider when preparing for this event. One of first things to think about is what type of housing would you like to rent or own? There are different responsibilities between apartments and houses. Houses you have to maintain the inside and outside components, such as lawns. Often, apartment maintenance crews do all the repairs inside and outside of the apartment. Another important consideration is the occupancy law U+2. This law is about how many people can occupy a residence at one time- to understand this rule go to the Student Legal Services webpage or office.

Another consideration is budget. When budgeting for where your going to live think about income including financial aid and compare to your monthly expenses such as tuition, utilities, groceries, gas, cable tv, laundry, furniture and your rent. After this consideration you will be able to tell how much rent you will be able to afford without having to stress about making your payments on time. If a budget worksheet will help they are available through Student Financial Services webpage or in the Off-Campus Life Student Handbook.

After thinking about these things another thing to think about is roommates. Finding a roommate can be difficult, but possible. Think about what is important to you when it comes to housing such as cleanliness, noise levels, activities that both roommates like to be involved with, etc. and then express these things to people you are considering moving in with, so as to determine if living together is a possibility. There are activities such as Roommate Roundups that can help you to find new and possible roommates, check the Off-Campus Life Calendar for dates.

When looking to sign a lease it is important to understand the different requirements, such as security deposits or early termination of the lease. Before signing go to the Student Legal Services with the lease for them to explain to you what the lease entails.

Where is the Housing Fair located?
The Housing Fair this year is located in the Lory Student Center in the North Ballroom and Cherokee Park Ballroom. To get to these Ballrooms, enter the LSC. Then go all the way to the top floor and down the hall facing the west is the North Ballroom and students will be able to enter the Cherokee Park Ballroom through the North Ballroom.

How soon should I look for housing?
This is a very relative question, the answer is dependent on when you are looking to move. If you are looking for a place to live during the summer it will be important to consider your options a little earlier than if you need a place to live in the fall. However, it is important to know that many apartment complexes or property managers will not know their availability until February or March, and in some cases as late as April. This doesn't mean that you will have to wait this long to decide on a place to live, some complexes have waiting lists that they can put you on to reserve a spot when they come available.

Where else can I look for housing?
Off-Campus Life has many resources available for students and housing. Most are listed on our home page. One resource is the Apartment Complex list, which lists apartments that will rent to students. Another resource is the Property Management list, this is all of the property managers that we know will rent to students. If you are looking for possibly a quicker process, a roommate, or a vacant listing there is always our more interactive webpage CSU Rental Search. We also have websites that have listings in our area on our other rentals webpage.

Testimonials from Attendees

"What did you like most about the Housing Fair?"

“Everyone was extremely friendly and had lots of information regarding living situations that it is sometimes difficult to find otherwise.” -- CSU student
“I liked all of the different resources and the fact that there was more than just housing options here. I liked that Off-Campus Life was here as well as Student Legal Services.” -- CSU student
“There are so many options and everyone housing-wise in one spot is pretty awesome. The Housing Fair is going to be why I have a place to live next year.” -- CSU student

*If you need any help, please use us as a resource to help guide you in the right direction. Our office is located in the LSC, Room 274. You can call or email us at (970) 491-2248 or



Platinum Sponsors

Housing Fair Exhibitors

  • AT&T
  • Campus Crossings at Ram's Pointe
  • City of Fort Collins
  • City of Fort Collins - Environmental Services
  • City of Fort Collins Utilities
  • City of Fort Collins Utilities Stormwater
  • City of Fort Collins/Transfort
  • CORT
  • CSU Parking and Transportation Services
  • CSU Student Legal Services
  • CWC
  • Eleven13 Apartments
  • Flats At The Oval
  • Flats Fort Collins
  • Fort Collins Property Management
  • Four Star Realty and Property Management
  • Greystar Foco Living
  • Grove at Fort Collins
  • Henderson Management and Real Estate
  • Housing & Dining Services CSU
  • Keller Williams Realty / Guaranteed Rate Mortgage
  • Mountain-N-Plains, Inc.
  • My House Property Services
  • Old Town Square Properties
  • Poudre Fire Authority
  • Poudre Property Services
  • ProClean Services
  • Ram's Village Apartments
  • Re/Max
  • Rocky Mountain Collegian
  • SAMI
  • Seasons at Horsetooth Crossing
  • Stadium Apartments
  • State
  • Summit Management Services
  • TBC Property Management
  • The Brandt Company
  • The Cottages of Fort Collins
  • The District at Campus West
  • The Habitat @ Fort Collins
  • The Source Property Management
  • Touchstone Property Management LLC
  • Uncommon Fort Collins