Finding a place to live while at Emory can be a daunting task, and your rent/housing payment will be perhaps the largest expense in your overall budget while you are studying in the United States. The following information may help by giving you some useful tips and suggestions for housing possibilities. Please note: while specific businesses are mentioned in these pages, this section is not intended to serve as either an exhaustive list or as an endorsement of those businesses by Emory.
Most apartments are leased unfurnished. This means if you have signed a lease for an unfurnished apartment, the apartment will have a stove and refrigerator but no other furniture. You will need approximately $2,000 to cover the initial expenses when you first arrive. These expenses include establishing utility services such as electricity, water, and natural gas as well as purchasing furniture and household necessities.
All first- and second-year students (freshman and sophomores) are required to live in Emory University residence halls unless permission has been obtained from Residence Life to live off-campus. All other students (juniors, seniors and exchange students) may choose to live either on-campus or off-campus. The Office of Residence Life and Housing provides information on residence halls. Emory owns and operates student residence halls located on campus; there are traditional double-room halls, single rooms and apartment-style housing units available. The halls include private and semi-private furnished rooms for unmarried students, lounges, recreation rooms, study rooms, and laundry facilities. Graduate students are employed as Resident Directors (RDs), and upper division undergraduates work as Resident Advisors (RAs). These RDs and RAs provide general assistance to their hall residents and coordinate various educational, social, and recreational activities.
You should receive information from the Office of Residence Life and Housing during the summer prior to fall admission. This information will cover topics such as arrival dates, check-in and what you should bring with you. If you arrive before the residence halls open and/or your parents accompany you, please see these hotel listings. You will need to make a reservation directly with the hotel.
International undergraduate students can order linens that match the beds in residence halls online before arriving in the United States, provided that they use their Emory residence hall address for shipping address. You may order these items from the Residence Hall Linens website.
Emory does not provide housing for graduate or professional students. There are, however, a number of options available off campus. Your school or department may be willing to help you find temporary housing for when you first arrive; please contact your school or department directly to inquire about this possibility. If you anticipate needing to stay in a hotel, please see these hotel listings. Students searching for apartments with roommates should also note that a DeKalb County ordinance states that a maximum of four non-related persons may reside in a single family dwelling.
The Office of International Student Life has prepared an off-campus housing resource guide that you may find helpful.
For information on hotels in the Emory and greater Atlanta area, visit Emory College's website.