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welcome to OCSS

Whether you're a fresh first-year student, a seasoned junior or a veteran graduate/professional student, living off campus can be a challenge. While the freedoms that come with off-campus living are many, so are the responsibilities. Leases, utilities, ordinances, commuting . . . these issues and more add to what can be an already stressful academic experience. The Office of Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) is here to help you navigate the challenges and issues that accompany living off campus. This website should be your starting point for accessing information, answering questions and making connections related to living outside the confines of the University.

short-term visitors

If you're planning to be in Lexington for fewer than 6 months, many of the traditional housing options presented on the Housing Locator will not meet your needs. Though there may be a few Housing Locator listings available for short-term housing, you may also wish to consult with the special page set up for Short-Term Visitors.

2013-14 UK Renter's Guide

This publication is provided by UK Student Government and UK Off-Campus Student Services in order to make your search for off-campus housing easier and to help you make more informed decisions in the leasing process. This publication will provide you with data and comments regarding the perceived level of service tenants received from property management companies/landlords who rent to large numbers of students. The results were compiled through a survey of UK students living in the Lexington community. The survey was administered by UK Student Government and UK Off-Campus Student Services during the Fall 2013 Semester. You can access the 2013-14 publication here. You can access the 2012-13 version here and the 2011-12 version here.


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