Off-Campus Housing

New to the Norfolk area? Moving from on-campus to off-campus?

ODU provides assistance to students seeking off-campus housing through an off-campus property listing page, where local landlords and property managers will post available housing, and through off-campus housing fairs, usually scheduled in the Spring semester.

Please note that the listing of off-campus residential properties is provided for informational purposes only and does not imply endorsement or recommendation of any off-campus residential property for security, safety, or suitability by the University. It is the responsibility of the prospective tenant to investigate security, safety and suitability of any off-campus residential property. ODU is not affiliated with any landlord that lists available property including ODUrent.

Prepare to Live Off-Campus

Leasing Off-Campus

Learn about landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, what questions to ask, and what you need to do before signing a lease.

Managing Your Finances

Understand typical costs associated with living off-campus and develop a budget that works for you.

Utility Set-Up

Find out who to contact to easily set-up your off-campus utilities.

Students at Waterside
Live Responsibly

If you have never rented before, you may not fully understand your responsibilities and resources as renters. Often, first-time off-campus renters are faced with many questions:

  • How can I stay safe off-campus?
  • Where can I turn if I have an issue with my landlord?
  • When should I put trash out?
  • How can I get along with my neighbor?

Check out the following resources, which will guide you as you navigate the off-campus experience.

Have a rental issue?

The City of Norfolk has partnered with ODU to provide assistance to students facing rental issues. Send an email to to be referred to a Landlord/Tenant Specialist, who may be able to assist you in resolving your issue.

Off-Campus Student Life