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Our Off-Campus Housing Listings are now with The only rentals listed are those that have passed the Keene Voluntary Inspection Program. If you are considering an off-campus Rrntal, check with The City of Keene Code Enforcement at 352-5440 or with the Office of Student and Community Relations, 358-2994, to ensure that the unit has passed the 21 Point City of Keene Voluntary Inspection.

If the address is not listed, ask the landlord to have the unit inspected. We strongly encourage that you DO NOT sign a lease for an off-campus rental until it has passed this basic inspection. Inspections are valid for one year.

Student Information for Current Off-Campus Students

Should someone knock at your door stating they are with Eversource or a City Code Enforcement Officer, request information. Any professional person will have a business card and likely there will be a company car as well. NEVER allow anyone into your home or apartment without proper identification. You can also direct these requests to your landlord. Be OWL WISE and safe!

Winter is definitely here! Is your rental properly heated? Cold temperatures demand that heating units work constantly and properly. Code Enforcement staff from the City of Keene can come to your house - free of charge - to ensure the heating system is in good repair. Holes or damage in the heating units could be the cause of dangerous fumes. Call 352-5440 to set up a heating inspection of your rental.

What can you do to conserve heat and resources?

  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Maintain a constant temperature in your house or apartment. Set your thermostat between 65-68 degrees.
  • Ask your landlord to assist you to address drafty windows and doors. Insulation kits are easy to use, inexpensive and can make a big difference to your comfort and costs!
  • Avoid using space heaters. They can be dangerous when run continually and will also run up your electric bill!
  • Wear appropriate clothing - even indoors!

If your off-campus rental is not staying heated, contact your landlord. If you do not get a timely response, call Keene Code Enforcement at 352-5440 or the Office of Student and Community Relations at 358-2994.

As you start the new semester, refresh your off-campus knowledge with these five important tips!

  • Review that lease that you signed months ago. Familiarize yourself with all of the clauses to be sure you understand the expectations and consequences. Check with your landlord if you do not understand any aspects of the lease.
  • Discuss and decide upon house guidelines with your roommates early to avoid clashes regarding chores and guests.
  • Know the state and local laws regarding alcohol, noise, litter, and parties. For more information on city ordinances, (
  • Meet your neighbors. Exchange contact information. Making friends with your local neighbors fosters positive relations and helps with neighborhood relations! Might you assist with snow removal these next few months? Elderly and families with small children always appreciate the help!
  • Utilize the resources available to you. Contact your landlord if you have problems or concerns with your rental. If landlords are unresponsive, call The City of Keene Code Enforcement at 352-5440 or The Office of Student and Community Relations at 358-2994.

Important Parking Information:


Between November 1 and April 30 there is no parking permitted on any City street between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. This restriction includes the paved portion of the roadway
and the entire City owned right-of-way.

ALL NIGHT PARKING (by lot), November 1 through April 30: Any vehicle (except those with a valid permit to utilize a night reserved space) left in a city parking lot between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. on the days specified, shall be towed at the owner’s expense. This is necessary for the general up-keep and plowing of all municipal lots. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Off-Campus Safety

Did you know that there is a monthly meeting of the College and the City of Keene to discuss topics of mutual importance and impact? Neighborhood issues are often the focus of these meetings. The public is invited and students are encouraged to attend. If you are interested to be a student representative, contact The Office of Student and Community Relations at 358-2994. Read more about the City-College Commission here,

Also, neighbors in the Southeast Keene Neighborhood meet the second Tuesday of each month at Bentley Commons at 6:30 PM. Would you like to hear more about neighborhood collaboration and experience the process for local improvements? Join in!

Neighborhood Etiquette

Students, please remember that NOISE TRAVELS! Our area residents keep different hours than most college students, sleeping during the night to rise early to go to work and for children to be best prepared for school. Please be mindful of our neighbors. If you are having a gathering, you can call the Keene Police Department at 357-9813, to give them a heads up. They can cruise by your house to let you know if you are on the verge of a noise or occupancy violation. Avoid a ticket and work with the KPD! Also, when your party is over, let the KPD know. They can assist with keeping the noise down as your guests head back home. Also, let your neighbors know if you plan to have a gathering. Exchange contact info and ask them to call you if they are being disturbed BEFORE they call the KPD.

When out and about in the City of Keene, remember that ALL Keene State students are role models to younger children in our neighborhoods. Please consider your behavior and use of language! Be Owl Proud!

Student Information for those considering a move off-campus.

Students and parents read this first before signing a lease!

Moving off-campus is a big decision. Financial, academic and life-style considerations are essential to making the best choice.

The Office of Student and Community Relations at Keene State College provides resources and support to assist in improving the quality of the off-campus experience. Please utilize the resources offered to make a well-informed and appropriate decision about living off-campus. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Coordinator of Student & Community Relations, Robin Picard, at 603-358-2994 or by e-mail.


Leases are legally binding contracts. Be sure you do not sign or commit to multiple leases. Signing an off-campus lease and a KSC Housing Contract obligates you to fulfill both agreements. Do not place yourself in a situation where you are legally bound to a lease you do not intend to fulfill!

Read the ENTIRE lease. Do not sign a lease until you understand ALL of the terms in your lease. The lease outlines your rights and responsibilities. Be sure the landlord thoroughly explains each provision.

Do not sign a lease until you personally enter and view the exact unit you will be renting. SEE IT BEFORE YOU SIGN IT! This includes all rooms, particularly the bedrooms. If the individual bedrooms are locked because it is currently rented by another student, ask the landlord to schedule another time when you can see all the rooms. While model units may give you an idea of the available units, ask to see the specific unit for rent, even if people are currently living there.

Before signing the lease, review with your family and an attorney. If you have housemates, the cost of an attorney can be shared among housemates for affordability. If any aspect of the lease is uncomfortable or not agreeable, discuss this with your landlord. As with any contract, negotiation is appropriate. It is easier to negotiate a lease BEFORE you sign.

After signing the lease, your co-signor will also be asked to sign. Ask for a copy of everything you and your landlord sign. If the landlord agrees to make any changes or repairs to the property, you should document the agreements in writing. You can add amendments to your lease to document any oral agreements between you and the landlord.

Security Deposit – The deposit is usually equal to one month’s rent. Landlords are expected to return the deposit within thirty days of the end of the lease period. Be sure you provide your forwarding address. Landlords are required to provide a written bill or estimate for any damages which will be taken from the security deposit.

If you feel that the landlord’s requirements are unjust and you are being discriminated against, contact The Office of Student and Community Relations (603)358-2994 or Legal Aid (800) 639-5290. Helpful resources can be found at ( and (

Your Housing Search

Does the landlord participate in the Voluntary Housing Inspection Program? KSC only lists properties that have met the requirements of the Voluntary Housing Inspection Program. This program addresses rental properties, not landlords. When viewing properties, ask if each particular unit or house has been inspected and met the health and safety criteria of The Voluntary Housing Inspection Program. If the unit has passed the Voluntary Inspection Program, it will be listed here: ( We strongly advise you NOT to rent any unit that is not on this list. Be wise. Be safe.

Print this out and bring with you when you view rental options. Consider the following and ask your landlord about:

Deadbolt locks on the first floor or keyless entry, locks on all first floor windows, outdoor motion lights, landscaping and bushes cut to avoid blocking entranceways, porches and windows and specific information for emergency maintenance contacts.

Fire Safety - Are all smoke detectors in working condition? Test them to make sure. Each level must have at least one smoke alarm, including the basement. Each bedroom and living area must have at least one window.

Location and Safety– How close do you want to be to campus? What kind of neighborhood would you like to live in? Would you feel comfortable and safe here? Visit the different neighborhoods in Keene during the day and at night to see if there is a major difference in the environment. Talk to current tenants about their experiences. Check to be sure there is sufficient outdoor lighting and that tress and shrubs do not block visibility to entrances and windows. Ask the landlord if there have been any prior thefts at the address or neighborhood.

Home Security – Are all doors, locks and dead bolts in working condition? Have the locks been changed from the prior tenants?

Parking – How many LEGAL parking spaces are included? Ask for this information to be noted in the lease. If off-street parking is not available, you will need to make other arrangements. Is there an additional cost for parking?

Space - Is the rental unit and its kitchen, bedrooms, and closets large enough for your needs?

Working Appliances and Plumbing - Is everything in the unit in good working condition? Test the heat, air conditioning, hot and cold water faucets, shower pressure, and toilet to make sure everything works to your satisfaction. Do all lights and electrical outlets work properly? (You can even ask the current tenants.)

Cleanliness – Is the unit in a condition you are willing to live in? If your rental property is not clean when you arrive to move-in, contact the landlord. Take photos. You will be expected to return the unit in clean condition, you should inherit the unit in that same condition.

Energy Efficiency - Do all windows open and close properly? Test all windows throughout the unit. Drafty windows could mean higher energy bills and future discomfort. Are there any leaky faucets? Leaky faucets could mean higher water bills and possibly future water damage.

Cost – What can you afford? Costs include rent, utilities, and food. Consider the hidden costs as well. Check out Cash Course to start a budget NOW and make smart choices and decisions with your money.

Be sure that you understand what you are paying for, including the dates of occupancy. You do not need to agree to pay for days that are not in your "TERM" or occupancy dates. Example, some leases end mid-month, but request a full month of rent. Do the numbers and advocate for yourself! You should only pay for the days that you occupy your rental!

Your financial aid package does consider costs for housing - either off or on-campus. If you will be using loan payments to pay your rent, discuss payment options with the landlord, including the clause on late fees.

Roommates- How well do you know your potential roommates? Your best friend may not be your best choice for a roommate. Take the Roommate Inventory to get started. Be proactive and agree to a Roommate Contract.

Subleasing – Does your landlord allow subleasing? If you are considering a Study Away semester or returning home for the summer months, you need to talk to you landlord about subleasing BEFORE you sign!

Renter’s Insurance - Your landlord’s insurance DOES NOT cover your personal property in the event it is damaged, in a fire or stolen. Check with your auto insurance company or other insurance companies for a price quote. NH students can be covered under their family homeowner’s insurance with a simple and inexpensive policy rider.

Review your renter’s insurance policy (or any potential policy) to ensure you are covered for acts of negligence. Some insurance policies will exclude your acts of negligence from coverage.

Renter’s Insurance Information (

Did you know that Renter’s Insurance will cover cracked computer and cell phone screens? (

Good Neighbors - Be sure that you know and understand the City of Keene ordinances for noise, gatherings, trash, and parking. Say hello to your neighbors. A smile is all it takes to start a friendship!

Moving off-campus and living in a residential neighborhood comes with expectations of being a GOOD NEIGHBOR. Be Owl Wise and Owl Proud!

Rights and Responsibilities

If you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, please check out our Housing Standards FAQ page or (

In addition, remember that with very few exceptions, first and second year students are required to live on campus. Before entering into any agreements with a landlord for the next school year be sure to verify with the Residential Life Office that you are eligible to live off campus.

Questions? Please send us an e-mail.

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Keene State College supports the federal and NH state law regarding non discrimination housing. Tenants are protected from discrimination by the federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws, as well as New Hampshire state law. Discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability are prohibited. The laws cover most housing including both rentals and homeownership.

Contact Residential Life

The Office of Residential Life & Housing Services is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have questions about housing services (room assignments, housing contract, damage billing, etc.) and are unable to stop by the office, feel free to e-mail or call us.

Residential Life Office
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

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Did you know?
All off-campus listings have passed the City of Keene’s voluntary inspection program. This is a 21-point inspection designed to assure lessees that the landlord has met Code Enforcement’s safety standards for the rental unit.