Living on Your Own

Many students choose to live off-campus in independent housing in Hoboken and the surrounding area. Resources for finding an apartment include online rental listings and local real estate agents.

Housing in Hoboken & Surrounding Area

Rents tend to be highest in Hoboken and in surrounding cities. The real estate market in this area moves very quickly, so students should be proactive when looking for housing. Most surrounding cities offer public transportation to Hoboken through the PATH, Light Rail, or bus. 

Cities Located Near Hoboken







Using Real Estate Agents or Apartment Finder Services

Real estate agents (also known as realtors) can help you navigate through the process of finding an apartment, but realtors often charge a fee for their service. Realtor fees (sometimes called "broker fees") are usually equivalent to one month's rent or more.There are many online apartment finder services that can help you find a place to live. These often let you connect with the listing agent or owner directly, which avoids a realtor fee.

Signing a Lease

  • It is very important to only sign a lease when you are certain that you want that particular apartment and are willing to rent for the entire duration of the contract (usually 12 months).

  • Sub-leasing/subletting is typically only permitted if it is in the contract.

  • If you are sub-leasing from another individual, your ability to contact the landlord may be affected. In those cases, it can be harder to correct issues with maintenance requests, return of security deposits, etc.

  • If your landlord requires a letter certifying that you are a Stevens student, please stop by the Office of Student Life in the Howe Center.

Before You Move In

  • Make sure to have all agreements with the landlord in writing before you move-in, including any repairs that need to be made.

  • Do a "walk-through" of the apartment with the landlord before you move in to review the condition of the apartment to make sure you are not held responsible for pre-existing damages.

  • Ensure that you have a proven way to contact the landlord (cell phone, email, etc.) before you move in, in case any problems occur later on.

  • Ensure that you're on the same page as your roommate(s) by creating a roommate agreement.

Safety and Security

  • Before you sign a lease anywhere, it is very important to consider the safety and security of the apartment, neighborhood, and surrounding area.

  • Visit the area during the day and at night, to make sure you feel comfortable and safe.

  • Ask your realtor and/or the neighbors what the area is like and if there are any concerns.

  • If you plan on walking to campus from the apartment, make sure you do not need to walk through any unsafe areas.

  • Make sure that the apartment is in a location from which you can safely and easily commute to campus.


For questions about housing options, contact the Office of Residence Life via [email protected] or by calling 201.216.5128.

Graduate students should contact the Office of Graduate Student Affairs via email at [email protected] or by calling 201.216.5633.