Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Initiatives is the central resource for students in the community- off-campus living, volunteering and spiritual exploration. We prepare students for life off-campus by assisting them with their housing search, including educational workshops focused on legal issues, safety, security and respect. We connect with community partners and faith-based leaders to offer all students opportunities to engage with ongoing community service and multifaith programs. The department interacts with students, parents, property owners, residents, local businesses, Chaplains, and city officials to establish priorities and create student programming that is reflective of community interests and concerns.


Rutgers University Off-Campus Living and Community Initiatives provides an online listing of rental properties submitted by local, private landlords and apartment complexes. This resource is helpful for tenants searching for off-campus housing to connect with landlords who are interested in renting their residences to the Rutgers community. Listings for roommates are also available in the online listing. Search or create a listing here.


Our site provides information and resources to help you with your off-campus living experience. We provide basic information on landlord-tenant responsibilities, co-tenancy, security deposits, safety tips, utilities, and access to various municipal resources.

We also provide useful forms and checklists to help guide you through your off-campus living experience.


If you are having problems with your landlord, tenants, or co-tenants, our office can provide a number of options. After discussing the matter with you, we may suggest possible solutions or refer you to local agencies for more information or help. See the Problem Resolution section for more information.


Student organizations or university units interested in providing information sessions as part of meetings or orientations can email for more information.

Meet the Staff

Kerri Willson – she/her
Associate Dean of Students/Director

Phillip Smith – he/him
Assistant Dean of Students – Student Basic Needs

Assistant Dean of Students – Faith and Spirituality

Caryn Washington – she/her
Assistant Director

Assistant Director- Student Basic Needs

Coordinator – Student Basic Needs

Mary Johnston – she/her
Administrative Assistant

Ross Perez – he/him
Graduate Extern

Off Campus and Community Initiatives Office Location