The Advocates for Student Renters Group
is a group of WCU student renters who are actively meeting to discuss renting housing
in the greater West Chester area. They have advocated for greater flexibility with
lease terms, a lower cost for rent, rent relief, and other concerns related to the
student rental process. If you are interested in discussing renting off campus with
other students, visit their Facebook group
1. Start by searching Places4Students.com. In addition to viewing available rentals, Places4Students allows students to search/post
for sublets and make roommate connections. Note! *If you are renting with other students
in the Borough of West Chester or in West Goshen Township, you must rent in a student-zoned
rental.* You can find out if the rental you are considering is student-zoned by asking
the property owner.
2. Email email@example.com and/or Maggie Holroyd at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about renting in the local area.
You will learn more information about your life as an off campus and commuter student
during orientation this summer. Off Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) offers specific
programs for first-year students. Additionally, OCCS Rambassadors are student mentors
who are specifically trained to assist with your transition from home to campus. Email
if you would like to speak with a Rambassador.
WCU’s Department of Off Campus and Commuter Services
(OCCS) is offering virtual one-on-one appointments to assist students with any questions.
Email email@example.com with questions and/or to set up a virtual one-on-one appointment.
OCCS also manages Free Student Legal Aid where students can meet with a lawyer. Students
can schedule an appointment with Free Student Legal Aid on MyWCU. In addition, OCCS
partners with Places4Students.com where students can view available rentals, search/post
for sublets, and make roommate connections. Other University resources include Counseling Services
, Health Services
, the Campus Library
, Sykes Student Union
, Campus Rec Center
. Please contact each of the departments for modifications of services and hours.
Some campus buildings will be open with limited capacity and potentially modified
hours, for example, the library and Sykes Student Union. When hours are confirmed
we will post and share widely. The Commuter Center opening will depend on the cleaning
of soft furniture in Sykes Student Union to prevent any spreading of COVID-19. More
details to come.
West Chester University offers free legal services to currently enrolled students.
Schedule an appointment with Free Student Legal Aid
We are asking that you take all necessary and proper steps to reduce the spread of
COVID-19. The Student Code of Conduct and expectations of being a responsible citizen
to protect our community still apply. Please visit the Student Conduct page
for all university regulations and guidelines.
Good healthy adult communication begins with being honest about sharing space. Consider
sharing your concerns about the health risks. If your concern is not respected, please
take care of your own health and exercise caution by distancing yourself. Control
Stay informed and share resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
(CDC) FAQ to help keep yourself and others healthy.
If a student is symptomatic, the student will need to call Student Health Services
for guidance and/or an appointment with a provider. If a student is symptomatic and
is tested for COVID-19, the student should self-report by completing the designated University form
. The student and potentially the roommates will be asked to return home if possible.
Chester County Health Department (CCHD) will be notified. The CCHD has been responsible
for conducting contact tracing and notifying individuals who may have been exposed.
See the Fall 2020 FAQ
for more information.
As stated by the U.S. Department of Health, PA Department of Health, and the Chester
County Health Department, it is recommended to refrain from social gatherings, including
hosting at home, and to practice social distancing of maintaining a 6-foot distance
from others as much as possible.
We are expecting students living off campus to refrain from hosting social gatherings
that could lead to the transmission of COVID-19. This is a global health emergency
that requires all of us to exercise conscientious behavior and compassion toward one
another by not engaging in activities that will continue to spread the virus.
Whether you are away for a quick trip and/or for parts of the semester, it is always
recommended that you inform your neighbors and/or property owner/manager if you will
not be returning to your rental property.
Yes, two face masks are available to students. Details about distribution are forthcoming.
We want to empower you to make the best decision for you and your family. OCCS partners
. In addition to viewing available rentals, Places4Students allows students to search/post
for sublets and make roommate connections. The availability for housing and the period
for which you can obtain a lease will be managed by individual property owners. Most
leases will not provide prorated refunds if students leave mid-lease. An option to
consider is trying to negotiate with the landlord for a month-to-month lease. This
option may give you more flexibility and, given the circumstances, some landlords
may be more willing to negotiate. OCCS will offer information and resources throughout
the fall semester to aid in your housing search process.
We want to empower you to make the best decision for you and your family. We encourage
you to begin researching your options early as we know housing becomes increasingly
competitive as the academic year progresses. Researching early does not mean you should
sign early. Students should pay close attention to the terms of the lease. Schedule
an appointment with Free Student Legal Aid to have them review the terms of your lease.
OCCS partners with Places4Students.com. In addition to viewing available rentals,
Places4Students allows students to search/post for sublets and make roommate connections.
OCCS will offer information and resources throughout the fall semester to aid in your
housing search process.
Off Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) is offering virtual one-on-one appointments
to assist students with any questions. Students have scheduled individual appointments
to discuss renting, finding roommates, leases, life off campus, how to find friends,
how to access public transportation, etc. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
with questions and/or to set up a one on one appointment.
Yes, as long as you follow CDC considerations and WCU guidelines.