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Student Housing

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Live in a dormitory on the UNM campus. Don’t miss this amazing experience!
Recommended for undergraduate and exchange students.

Residence Life and Student Housing offers three different styles of residence hall living: TraditionalSuite style and Apartment style.  
UNM offers students a variety of types of buildings to live in, and each building has something different to offer. Learn more about each hall and find your style. 

ProsCons
Community; meeting other studentsCan be more costly than living off-campus
Easy access to campus facilities and resourcesAdditional costs for housing between semesters
Meal plans availableMay be loud
Variety of room and living optionsAwarded on a first-come-first-served basis
Limited move-in dates

Student Family Housing

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UNM Student Family Housing (SFH) is designed for UNM students with spouses, domestic partners or families, and if space permits, single UNM Graduate or Upperclassmen. The SFH Complex consists of 200 apartments located in the 900 block of Buena Vista SE, a 12 acre site just a three-minute drive south of main campus.

Signing/Move Out Clause

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It is very important for you to read the lease, ask questions, and fully understand and agree to the terms before you sign it. Once it is signed, you are responsible for following all of the terms in the lease.

You Sign, You're Stuck...at Least Until the Term Is Up: Read the lease or rental agreement carefully before you sign or put money down. Ask about anything you do not understand. Look for hidden charges or penalties. If you sign the lease, you may be stuck paying those charges.

Move Out Clause: It's important that you read the lease termination section of your lease agreement carefully so you understand the implications of breaking your lease early and your obligation of notice when you choose to move out at the end of a lease term.

Security/Responsibility

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Damage/Security deposit: Most landlords require that you pay a "damage deposit" or "security deposit" before moving in. This money is intended to cover damage to the property beyond that from typical, ordinary use. We recommend you do a "move-out inspection" at the end of your lease with your landlord.

You Could Be Responsible for Damage You Didn't Do: Make sure any preexisting damage the landlord hasn't agreed to fix, such as stained carpeting, broken blinds or missing tiles in the shower, is written into your lease agreement as "preexisting." Documenting any preexisting damage protects you from losing your security deposit or being charged damage fees when you move out.

What's included/Utilities

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Know What's Included: Some rental properties include utilities, cable and parking within the monthly rental cost, while other properties do not.

Utilities: Utilities are typically electricity, gas, and water. Many apartment complexes include the price for utilities in your monthly rent. You should talk to your landlord and ask who is responsible for paying the utilities. You may have the option of paying for your utilities separately. You should expect to pay more for gas and electricity in the winter.

Parking/Customizing

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Parking: If you own a car or plan on getting one, you should ask your landlord where you can park. Many apartment complexes offer free parking for their tenants. If not, ask your landlord about parking arrangements in your neighborhood. Parking can be very difficult if you live near UNM. You should not assume that you can legally park on a public street without permission.

Can You Customize? Painting the walls or installing your own lighting without permission could result in lease termination or loss of your security deposit. If apartment customization is important to you, be sure to discuss it with your potential landlord before signing a lease.

Late Payment

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Late payment: Please review your lease and make sure you understand the date that your rent is due. If you don't understand, ask questions. You are responsible for paying rent on time according to the terms of your lease agreement. If you fail to pay on time, your landlord will likely charge you a fee for late payment.

If it's not in writing, it's not binding. If something is important to you, get it in writing. Don't count on an oral promise.