Emory University does not supply housing for graduate, professional school students or international scholars. There are, however, a number of options available off-campus.
Campus Crossings at Briarcliff is an independently-run apartment community designed for Emory graduate students, professional students and international scholars. There are also a number of other apartment complexes nearby.
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Additionally, your school or department may be willing to help you find temporary housing for when you first arrive, so please check with your school/department for this information.
If you plan to live off campus, please note that, according to a DeKalb County ordinance, only four (4) non-related persons can reside in a single-family dwelling.
There are many things to consider when looking for housing as an international scholar. Some of these may include:
What is more important, the type of apartment or its location?
Is it important to be near good schools for your children?
Do you want to be close to shopping centers, grocery stores, and restaurants?
How long do you want to live there?
If you intend to have a roommate or several roommates, be sure to talk with them so that that they understand what features and other considerations are a priority for you. Once you have an idea of your needs, you can begin by utilizing the resources listed below or by contacting apartment complexes.
You will find a considerable range in the price and quality of privately-owned apartments off campus. Be sure to compare prices before you make any commitments or sign a lease. The cheapest one-bedroom efficiency may begin around $650 and the cheapest multi-room apartments may begin around $350/room (and these may not include utility costs such as heat, air conditioning or telephone). Only you can determine what type of housing you can afford, but be careful not to commit yourself to a rent that will be difficult to maintain. A good "rule of thumb" (piece of practical wisdom) is that your monthly rent should not cost more than one quarter of your total monthly income.
Some apartments are furnished, which means that they have essential bedroom, living room and dining room furniture but do not include kitchen utensils, pots and pans, dishes, or linens. Most of the apartments that are available, however, are unfurnished, which means that usually a stove and refrigerator are supplied but you must get your own bed, sofa, chairs, etc.
Before renting a room or apartment, you may want to inquire about the following:
If repairs are needed in a room or apartment that you plan to rent, make a list of these (preferably on the lease agreement itself) and request that the manager correct them before you occupy the space. Also be sure that both you and the manager have a list of permanent damage to any furnishings in the apartment so that you will not be charged for damage you did not cause.
Remember that a lease or rental agreement is a legally binding contract between you and the apartment manager (as the agent of the complex's owner), so read it carefully and make sure you understand it thoroughly before you sign it. Ask questions if there is something you do not understand. If possible, try not to sign a long-term lease when you first arrive. As you become more familiar with the community and your budget, you may want to move to another location that offers greater advantages. However, it is not always easy to find an apartment that allows for leases shorter than one year.
Aaron's, Inc.: 404-873-1455
Cort Furniture Rental: 770-939-5222
Easy Rental Rent to Own: 404-203-5500