USG Renter's Guide

The Undergraduate Student Government surveys students renting from various property managers 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 property managers 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 2019-2020 version of The Ohio State University Renter’s Guide, provided by the Undergraduate Student Government’s Student Affairs Committee. It is our sincere hope that this publication will make your search for off-campus housing easier, and that it will allow you to make well-informed decisions in the leasing process. The following pages will provide you with data on landlords in the off-campus area, which was compiled from a survey commissioned by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and administered by the Center for the Study of Student Life. The Renter’s Guide is one of many yearly USG initiatives to improve the student experience at OSU; for more information, please visit our website to learn more about your student representatives and the work that we do. We welcome your feedback: 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!

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 their respective landlord from the previous year. We hope that you will utilize this guide to help you make an informed decision when choosing a landlord. An excellent resource for related leasing information is Off Campus and Commuter Student Services, located in room 3106 of the Ohio Union. There is a section outlining their resources at the end of this Guide. The Undergraduate Student Government Renter’s Guide survey was administered by the Center for the Study of Student Life in September of 2019 to undergraduate students living in the 43201 ZIP code. The sample included 2,000 undergraduate students. The survey yielded 476 responses, or approximately a 23.4% 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 Student Legal Services ( or another attorney service.

Before you sign a lease agreement, get a sample lease from the property manager 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.