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Living Off Campus

If you've never lived on your own, you may be surprised at some of the things you're expected to pay for. 

Once you sign a lease, you're bound to honor it.  Knowing what pitfalls to look for as a first-time renter can help you avoid making the mistake of spending a lot of money in vain. Careful evaluation of your housing needs and options is a vital part of the housing search process.


The residency policy at Doane University has changed. The new policy is detailed in the document below as well as at the bottom of this page. Questions about the policy can be addressed through our main office at (402) - 826 - 8111. 

Residency Policy

Things to consider when deciding which option is right for you:

  • Show me the money - what can you afford and still have a life?
  • Location, location, location - is it within walking distance? will your costs for gas go up?
  • House or apartment? - what are you responsible to maintain (scoop snow, mow grass etc.) if you rent a house vs. an apt.
  • Social life? -will you still be able to afford to meet up with friends for the fun things?
  • Time commitment - will you need to work extra hours to make enough money, or just plan a little better with the money you have?
  • Roommate? - who would be a good fit to be a roomie? 


We've put together some resources to help you in your search. 


Interested in becoming a member of the Association of Commuter Students? 

Contact the Residence Life Office at or 402.826.8111.