Housing / Accommodations
Find information about our transportation, housing and food services on the Troy Campus.
TROY Campus Housing
All students residing in university housing are required to stay in the room/suite for the entire academic year. Housing applications are due by March 1st.
Clean up after yourself
Remember that your mother is not here to clean up after you. There are no maids to pick up after you. It is NOT acceptable to hang your laundry across your room to dry. Make sure to clean the stove, refrigerator, shower, and toilet; mop the floors, and to throw out your trash on daily basis. Wash your dishes after each use, do NOT leave them in the sink
When you live on campus your room will be checked by the Resident Assistant 2 times every month. If you do not keep your room clean you will be fined $50.00. If you lose your key you must pay $50.00.
Off Campus Housing
When checking out an apartment, be sure it is within walking distance of the campus. Rents will be on a monthly basis and represent the charge for the whole apartment unless you are told "rent is by the room". If you "rent by the bedroom", you will be assigned a roommate unless you specify a specific person at the lease signing.
Please visit the Troy Housing Department's listing of off campus housing information for other places at: http://trojan.troy.edu/campus/troy/offcampushousing.html
Important points in renting an apartment
- Read the lease agreement before you sign it! Ask questions if you do not understand the lease. Know what the terms of the lease are (start/end date, deposits required, etc.).
- Learn how to operate the dishwasher and other appliances. If you don’t know, be sure you ask the manager before you try to use them.
- Pay your rent on time. If you are unable to do so, talk to the management to request permission for late payment.
- Keep your apartment clean. Dirt attracts bugs and roaches. Courtesy to neighbors includes noise control and cleanliness.
- Notify the manager one month in advance if you are moving.
- Go through the apartment and put in writing to the landlord noticeable damage.
Questions to ask before renting an apartment
- How much is the rent?
- Is a deposit required? If so, how much?
- What is included in the rent payment? (utilities [electricity, gas, phone, cable)
- When is rent due?
- Are storage facilities available? Are there additional charges?
- Do you have furnished and unfurnished apartments available?
- Do you permit pictures to be hung on the walls or allow any type of improvements to be made?
- Where is the nearest grocery store?
- Will you return my security deposit when I leave?
- How long is the lease? Will I be penalized if I break it? Does the lease automatically renew?
- How much notice needs to be given before I can terminate the lease?
- Is subleasing allowed? If yes, what procedures must be followed?
If you have a car or motorcycle
- Is parking available and what kind is it? Garage, parking lot or street?
- Are there charges for parking?
If you have a pet
- Are pets allowed? Maximum size, weight, height and type of pet?
- Is there a pet deposit? How much is it and is it refundable?
If you have children
- Are children allowed?
- Are there childcare facilities? Are there additional charges?
- Where is the nearest school or daycare?
- You can not use your deposit as your last month’s rent!
- It is usually refundable.
- Your deposit is collected to make sure the landlord will be able to repair and clean your apartment when you move out.
- To get your deposit back you need to make sure that you clean your apartment at the time you leave and that there is no damage.
Many apartments include utilities in the rent.
If not, you are responsible for turning the utilities on and off. You will also be responsible for paying the deposits and connection fees for the services.
How to set up utilities (gas, water, electric, cable, internet).
- City of Troy (334) 566-2130 (electricity and water)
- They will require around $100 deposit (will be used towards last month’s bill)
- Southeast Alabama Gas District (334) 566-0430 (natural gas)
- There are three basic steps necessary to establish natural gas service with SEAGD. First, contact your local office by phone or in person to apply for service. Next, provide a connection fee of $25 and a deposit ranging from $0 to $200, depending upon results from your credit application. And finally, specify the connection address and requested date for service to begin. It's that simple!
- Charter 866-605-4008 (tv-internet-phone packages) http://connect.charter.com/landing/SEM/nonbranded.aspx?State=Alabama&vers=1A&aff=LFO&affpn=877-252-5979&testcell=5&cmp=sem_Gaps&transid=23018794205::troy%20cable%20tv::b::Google
- Troy Cable (tv-internet-phone packages)
- (334) 566-3310
Land line Telephone Service
- Need to provide the phone company with:
- SS# OR Fax a copy of Passport / Visa
- AT&T / Bellsouth, 602 Botts Avenue, Troy, AL 36081
- Charter bundled services 877-585-5979
- Troy Cable bundled services
Many students prefer to have cell phones. The non-contract agreement means that you buy prepaid minutes which allow you to talk until the minutes run out and then you would need to buy more minutes. You are not bound to a contract that stipulates payment for a given time period.
Cell Phone Companies in our area are:
AT&T / Cingular
1205 U.S. 231, Troy, Alabama 36081
Hours: Friday hours 9:00 am–7:00 pm
Without a social security number you have to make a deposit of $500. The deposit will be refunded after one year. Be sure to request a receipt if you pay cash. You will also need to pay for the calling plan and the phone.
If you have a social security number you do not need to make a deposit.
1112 HWY 231 South, Troy, AL 36081
Hours: Friday hours 9:00 am–8:00 pm
Without a social security number you have to make a deposit of $400 to sign a contract with Verizon. The deposit will be refunded after one year. Or there are different prepaid plans with an activation fee of $35 plus the cost of the phone.
With a social security number they have contract plans starting as low as $39 with an activation fee of $35 plus the cost of the phone.
Wal-Mart (Electronics Department)
1420 Highway 231 S, Troy, AL 36081
Phone: (334) 566-8012
Toll Free: (866) 246-4852
For T Mobile services, no deposit is required if you do not have a social security number. A passport and student ID, and a local address are required. This is a non-contractual agreement. It will be a pre-paid plan.
For AT&T services, a deposit of $500.00 is required if you do not have a social security number. You must present a local address and two picture ID’s. This is a non-contractual agreement.
How to Sublease an Apartment
Get Your Landlord’s Permission
- Read your lease to determine your subletting rights. If your landlord profusely forbids it, try to explain your situation in writing and negotiate a solution. You can offer to help your landlord find a new tenant, although you are still responsible for the rent until a new lease is signed.
- If subletting is permitted, get your landlord’s permission in writing before moving on to the next step.
Find a Trust-worthy Leaser
- Ask around your circle of friends and other students first. If you don’t get a response, post a flyer in the Weekly Rent/Sale Email
- Describe your apartment and the dates that it will be available along with your contact information. You can try to advertise for the same rent you are paying but may have to reduce the rate since you are limited in time.
- Interview interested people just as if you were hiring them to work for you. You will still be responsible for the lease so you need to make sure the person who moves in will pay rent on time and keep the apartment well-maintained. Here are some questions to ask a potential sub lessor:
- How are you going to pay for this apartment?
- Why are you seeking short-term housing?
- How many people will be living the apartment? Any children? Any pets?
- Do you plan on having any social events or guests staying at the apartment?
- Do you consider yourself a clean person? (The person’s appearance is one clue to the answer although it is not a guarantee that their appearance reflects their housekeeping habits).
- Give the best potential sublet candidates a tour of the apartment. Answer their questions as honestly as possible and be candid about any problems. You don’t want the sub lessor to back out in a month or two since you will be left to fill in the rent.
- The ideal person would be familiar to you on a personal basis, or recommended by someone you trust. If this is not possible, make sure the person has plenty of references to show trustworthiness and responsibility
Sign a Written Agreement
- Even if you were lucky enough to have a friend to take over your lease, you still need to have a written agreement. You can make one yourself but unless you’re a lawyer, this is not advisable. Go to http://www.ilrg.com/forms/sublease/us/al and print out the form for Alabama. (A professionally formatted version of the form is available for a fee.)
- If not mentioned in the agreement, you need to add in a statement regarding the security deposit. Since your landlord is most likely not required to return it to you until the lease is over, you will need to come to an agreement over it. For example, if the sub lessor puts a hole in the wall is he/she responsible for the security deposit? If you don’t address it the money will surely come out of your pocket.
- Depending on the terms in your lease and state laws, you may have tenant’s rights over the sub lessor. This means you can evict the person if they do not pay rent or in any other way violate the terms of the written agreement. Explain this to the sub lessor so that there is no confusion later.
- Make sure the sub lessor is clear on when he/she can move in and leave them a way to contact you as well as the owner of the apartment. Leave an emergency maintenance number as well as the place where the rent should be delivered.
Troy University provides many different dining options for students. Please follow the link to the dining services home page where you can read more about the Troy University Dining Services.
The city of Troy has a variety of restaurants and small eateries where students can enjoy meals away from the campus.