Resources for Living Off-Campus
ISSS cannot legally provide students with advice or specific recommendations about particular properties. However, there are other resources for finding off-campus housing opportunities:
The OCC Housing List and the OCC Housemate / Subletter List are provided to students as a service by the OCC Office. There are also several apartment complexes in the area. University employees do not inspect, approve, or supervise the premises described, nor does the University become party to housemate/ subletter/ landlord/ tenant matters.
The OCC Office also provides a legal clinic for students living off-campus who are in need of consultation with a lawyer.
The local newspaper lists housing opportunities that are available.
Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements –These posts are not inspected or checked before they are posted. It is very important to exercise caution when renting apartments on Craigslist.
Never, under any circumstances, wire money at the request of any prospective “landlord” via Western Union, Money Gram or any other wire service. Even if they tell you to wire the funds to a friend or relative’s name “to be safe,” this will be a scam.
Never send a scan of your passport or other ID. Thieves will use your identity to scam others.
Be suspicious if the deal sounds too good to be true. Scammers will often list a rental for a very low price to lure in victims. Find out how comparable listings are priced, and if the rental comes in suspiciously low, walk away.
Student Cultural Associations may be able to give you information about housing available in the Greater Binghamton area. It is generally up to you to find your own housing. Some associations are able to offer assistance.
The Binghamton Student Association runs a website where students can review different local landlords. While this is not a resource to find an apartment, it is a great resource to look up different landlords and to see what experiences student's have had with them. The website can be accessed here.