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USG Renter's Guide

The Undergraduate Student Government surveys students renting from various landlords each year, and asks them a series of questions. USG then compiles the results into what is called the Renter's Guide. The Renter's Guide gives students a good idea of how local area landlords compare in many different areas. The information may help evaluate your off-campus housing options.

Check out the letter from your USG representatives regarding the Renter's Guide:

Dear OSU Student,

Thank you for reading the 2016-2017 edition of The Ohio State University Renter’s Guide. This publication has been provided by the Undergraduate Student Government’s Student Affairs Committee to hopefully make your search for housing in the off campus area easier and to help you make informed decisions in the leasing process. The following pages will provide you with data on landlords in the off campus area. These results were compiled by a survey administered by the Center for the Study of Student Life and commissioned by the Undergraduate Student Government. The Renter’s Guide is one of USG’s several initiatives this year. Please check out our website to see other USG initiatives this year as well as contact information for your representatives. Also, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or feedback for how USG might better serve you.

Enjoy the Renter’s Guide and GO BUCKS!

Shamina Merchant Director of Student Affairs

Rebecca Hu Deputy Director of Student Affairs

Purpose and Methodology

The data in the following report is intended to provide useful information about the previous experiences of OSU students living in the off campus area. This is done through surveying and evaluating the perceived level of service tenants received from the rental companies. Survey participants were asked to complete online questions relevant to their experience with the respective landlord from the previous year. We hope that you will utilize this guide to help you make an informed decision of whom to rent from. A great resource for such information is Off Campus and Commuter Student Services, located in room 3106 of the Ohio Union. They have a section outlining their resources at the end of the guide.

The Undergraduate Student Government Renter’s Guide survey was administered by Center for the Study of Student Life in September of 2016 to undergraduate students living in the 43201 ZIP code. The sample included 2,000 undergraduate students. The survey yielded 259 responses or approximately a 13% response rate. The Undergraduate Student Government would like to thank everyone who responded to this year’s survey.


In publishing this information, neither the Undergraduate Student Government nor The Ohio State University endorse or support any company or business over any other; this survey simply provides a direct report of tenant opinions. Because the data contained in this section reflects opinions, different interpretations are possible. The above mentioned organizations assume no responsibility for reader, tenant, or prospective tenant interpretation or reaction to the data. Nothing included in the data is intended to give legal advice. If you have any questions regarding the law or its application in a certain situation we suggest you consult the Student Legal Services ( or another attorney service.

Summary of Data

For each question in this guide, there is a graph that summarizes the data collected from the Renter’s Guide survey. Under each of those graphs is a breakdown graph that shows the percentage of respondents that selected each answer.

Before you sign a lease agreement, get a sample lease from the landlord and take it to Student Legal Services for a lease review. Student Legal Services will provide you with helpful information about your rights and responsibilities under the lease.

Once you move-in to your new place, request a free home safety visit through the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program.