The Guide to Off Campus Living

This page was developed to help commuter students have a successful experience while here at Sage College of Albany.

The following is a step-by-step guide to help find off-campus housing.

Step-By-Step Guide

  • Decide what you can afford. We have developed a budget planning sheet for you to use to help you figure out your monthly budget. Click Here.
  • Decide if you want to live alone or a group of people. One way to afford a place is by sharing the cost with others.
  • What are you looking for? Find five key things you want in your living area. By doing this it will help you decide questions such as: where you should live, what you need for your place, how big the place should be, and how much you can afford?
  • Research, Research, Research! Once you find a number of properties you like, research the areas, the buildings, and owners of the property. This will help with preventing overpaying or mostly any other issues.
  • Make sure to visit the property. Generate a list of 5 to 10 places, and make sure you call and schedule appoints to visit the property. Make sure if you are having roommates that they attend also, this will avoid any problems. Ask questions, find out about rules and history of any problems with the building or neighborhood no matter how small.
  • Wait! Before you sign. Before you sign make sure you read the lease. Leases are legally binding agreements, so if you break them you are responsible for the penalties. Make sure you have the property owner or landlord go over the lease with you. Make sure you read your Tenant's Right Guide.
  • Moving in! Now that you have found a place it is time to set it up. Below you will find resources to help get you situated.

Renter's Insurance

All students who are renting should have some form of renter's insurance. This is a type of insurance that covers person property. Please note that your landlords insurance policy does not cover any of your private property. Renter's insurance provides coverage if there is any fire, smoke, vandalism, water, storms damage, or even thief. Renter's insurance protects you if an accident occurs where you live, and sometimes will cover you if you need to leave your place because of an emergency. Make sure that even if you have roommates that you have your own renter's insurance policy.

Area Resources and Services



Paramedic Unit 911
Fire Department 447-7879
Police Department 438-4000

Code Enforcement, Odors & Refuse

Dumpsters, Vacant Buidlings or Lots Certificates of Occupancy, Storage of Commerical Vehicles


Street Cleaning, Trash Pickup

Snow Removal

Animal Control & Canine, Waste Removal 434-5090
Time Warner Cable 869-5500
Verizon 471-2194
Directv 436-1250
National Grid (800) 642-4272
Verizon 471-2194
Time Warner Cable 869-5500

City of Albany Rules & Regulations

Follow Garbage & Recycling Collection Rules:

Garbage and recyclables should be set out in enclosed containers and should NOT be placed outside before 7:00 p.m. of the day prior to your scheduled collection day. If you do not know your collection day or have any other questions, please call 434-CITY for the Department of General Services.

If you own a dog, please be aware of the so-called pooper scooper law

As sited in the New York State Health Law, Section 1310: it shall be the duty of each dog owner to remove any feces left by his/her dog on any sidewalk, gutter, street or other public areas. Any violations brought to Albany City Court could be charged a civil penalty of up to $500.00.