Parent Letter: Off-Campus Living


Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are sending this letter to all parents/guardians of rising juniors at Boston College who may have a student moving into the off-campus community. Please know that the Office of Residential Life for Off-Campus Living, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs are here to assist students with their off-campus housing and living experience. This letter will provide important information for parents and students as they prepare to move into the off-campus community.

Mandatory Off-Campus Student Meeting
Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Robsham Theater

The Office of the Dean of Students in conjunction with Residential Life for Off-Campus Living, Governmental and Community Affairs, and the BC and Boston Police Departments are hosting a welcome meeting covering topics related to safety, policy, and neighborhood living. At least one tenant from each apartment unit is required to attend.

Local (Off-Campus) Address Requirement
Please submit right away, deadline is Friday, August 26

Boston College requires that all undergraduate students living off-campus submit their local (off-campus) address to the University. Students can complete this requirement by visiting the Agora Portal and updating their local address under the "Account/Personal Info" column. Failure to submit an accurate off-campus address may result in a hold being placed on their student account and hinder the University’s ability to find students in the case of an emergency. Please encourage your student to submit their local address right away!  

Important Dates Reminder
Fall 2016 classes begin on Monday, August 29

Fall 2016 classes begin on Monday, August 29. The date leases historically start in this area is September 1. If students have an early move-in date, we recommend that they check their lease and/or call their landlord or property manager to confirm. If students have a move-in date on or after September 1, we highly recommend they make temporary housing arrangements or negotiate an earlier move-in with their landlord/property manager. Temporary on-campus housing will not be available.

Off-Campus Living Resources

The Office of Residential Life for Off-Campus Living provides many resources for students living off-campus, such as sublet assistance, social and service events, information sharing, and general advising. We also maintain a comprehensive resource page, apartment and sublet database, and roommate finder service. The City of Boston also has many resources for the college student population. Please encourage your student to take advantage of all the services our office and the city have to offer. For more detailed information, please visit bc.edu/offcampus or cityofboston.gov/students.

City of Boston Zoning Ordinance

Please be mindful that the City of Boston has a zoning ordinance that prohibits five or more unrelated full-time undergraduate students from living together in a house or apartment. If the Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) visits your student’s apartment, please encourage your student to comply with any inspection requests. Students will not be penalized for violations of the ordinance, only landlords. Furthermore, landlords cannot evict or otherwise remove student tenants from the apartment to comply with the ordinance. For more information about the Boston zoning ordinance, please visit the City of Boston Inspectional Services website at www.cityofboston.gov/isd.

Contact Information

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residential Life by emailing reslife@bc.edu with questions.  If you have specific questions about off-campus housing or student life, please feel free to call Off-Campus Student Living at 617-552-3075, email offcampus@bc.edu or visit bc.edu/offcampus. For questions pertaining to housing appeals, please contact placement@bc.edu. For questions about off-campus community standards or the conduct process, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@bc.edu.

Sincerely,

Peter Kwiatek
Assistant Director, Off-Campus Living
Office of Residential Life

Greg Jones
Director, Housing Operations
Office of Residential Life

Bill Mills
Director, Community Affairs
Office of Governmental and Community Affairs

Kristen O'Driscoll
Assistant Dean
Office of the Dean of Students

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