Living Off Campus

If you decide to move off campus, please read and print these guidelines for new tenants. These guidelines will help you as you navigate your new living situation.

If you are considering renting a house in Morris here is some general information that may help you in your decision making.

Most Morris rental housing is about $200–$300 per bedroom, per month.

For example, if a house has three bedrooms it will cost a total of $600–$900 per month.

Utilities

In addition to the monthly rent payment, generally all renters are responsible for paying utility including heat, electricity, and water. This cost can vary depending on the size of the house and usage. The cost for these bills is usually divided by all the tenants in the house. Some landlords do include some or all of these costs in with the rent, make sure you know before signing a lease how utilities are to be paid.

Furnishings

The following are furnishing that are usually provided in rental property.

  • washer
  • dryer
  • stove
  • fridge

(This can depend on the property and the landlords.)

Beds, couches, and tables are not normally provided.

You can get used furniture from the Morris Salvation Army Thrift store on East 7th Street.

Lawn Care and Snow Removal

In some rental agreements, part of the responsibility is lawn care. In the summer that means keeping the grass short and in the winter keeping the snow off of the sidewalks in front of your house. You can talk to your landlord about having these things done by them and paying a fee, or you can do it yourself. If you are not going to be here for the summer, you need to make arrangements with your landlord to have the grass cut, or the City of Morris may fine you.

Internet

Internet and cable are not provided, and can be obtained from a local service providers. More on service providers »

Estimated off-campus living costs:

  • Rent: $500–$1,000/month, depending on size of the house
  • Gas and electricity: $200–500/month, depending on usage and size of the house
  • Water/sewage/garbage disposal: $100-200/month, depending on usage of water

Optional costs:

  • Lawn care: $15–20 each time you have the lawn mowed
  • Snow removal: $10–20 each time the sidewalks are shoveled.
  • Internet and cable: $35–100
  • Furniture
  • Pots/pans, etc.

Useful Web sites

Local Internet and Cable Companies

Federated Telephone
508 Atlantic Ave
320-585-4875
Mediacom
615 Atlantic Ave
320-589-4864 or 1-800-332-0245
Info Link Wireless Inc
514 Atlantic Ave
PO Box 149
Morris, MN 56267
320-589-1330



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