As a WSSU student, we want to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about housing. Since housing availability is not guaranteed for transfer students or upperclassmen, we encourage you to consider your options, timelines, and plans as early in the process as possible.
In the event that you need to secure off-campus housing, this guide contains useful tips and resources that will help you plan out your apartment search, understand your rental agreement (the lease), and familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities as a renter. Finding a place to call your own may seem a little daunting, but we’re here to help you navigate the process.
Housing and Residence Life
Thompson Center Room 301
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
In the event that housing is not available for you or you are placed on a wait list for assignment, we encourage you to explore the following as alternative plans, allowing you to attend WSSU and experience our nationally-recognized academics and campus culture while living nearby.
Management Companies and/or Brokers
If you’re new to renting, the process usually includes the following (though not in all cases). Please consider all factors when looking at rental properties.
- Necessary Fees: May include security deposit, pet deposit, or other costs
- Proof of Income: Expect to produce some proof of income or employment to show how you will pay rent; if your parent(s) or guardian is assisting financially, they may need to do the same.
- Credit or Background Check: If you do not have much or any credit history, you will likely need a cosigner. Your cosigner will need to be prepared to complete this as well.
- Signing the Lease
|Local Apartment Complexes|
|Leasing Company||Address||Phone||Miles to WSSU|
|The Ledges Apartments||730 Anson St.||336-701-5417||2.7|
|96 Ardsley||1530 Ardsley St.||336-793-8185||3.0|
|The Edge Flats||111 Edgeway Dr.||336-283-8660||3.2|
|Twin City Apartments||1805 Franciscan Ter.||336-793-8833||5.5|
|Deacon Place||2410 Whicker Acres Lane||336-842-8344||5.5|
|Morgan Ridge||100 Morgan Way||844-257-8668||6.0|
|Crowne Oaks Apartments||1000 Crowne Oaks Cir||336-759-9444||6.1|
|Stafford Place||1140 Stafford Pl. Cir.||336-793-2625||6.5|
|Sugar Creek Trace||4190 Trace View Dr.||336-793-9544||6.6|
|Deacon Station||1831 Quantum Ln.||336-765-7171||6.7|
|Kerner Mill Townhomes||195-A Willow Bend Ct.||336-748-0228||7.1|
|Highland Oaks||700 Walnut Forest Rd||336-760-1916||7.3|
|Lions Walk Apartments||500 Lyons Walk Dr.||336-725 8977||7.3|
|Glendare Park||240 Village Crossing Ln.||844-243-5984||8.2|
|Burke Ridge Crossing||2112 Burke Meadows Rd.||336-837-6988||8.3|
|Bridgewater Place Apartments||3601 Ebert Rd.||336-793-9524||8.8|
|Alaris Village||5003 Winster Dr.||336-771-7118||9.1|
|Lake Park Apartments||549 Arbor Hill Rd.||336-310-1836||9.3|
|Pegasus Residential||5771 Stone Mill Dr.||336-744-0178||9.6|
|The Arbors Apartments||4981-G Hunt Club Rd.||336-793-2683||9.7|
|Loxley Chase||3736 Kings Ct.||336-698-4602||9.7|
|Hawthorne at Main||100 Madison Pl. Cir.||336-996 9959||9.7|
|Grosvenor Square||74 Woodbine St.||336-310-1354||9.8|
|Crowne Polo||875 Crowne Forest Ct.||336-721-0678||9.9|
|Hawthorne at the Meadows Apartments||1341 Ellis Forest Dr.||336-992-2588||10.1|
|Lindsey Manor Apartments||472 Lindsay St.||336-822-9118||10.4|
|Piedmont Manor||421 Jefferson St.||336-793-0535||10.7|
|Briarcliffe||520 Michael St.||336-310-1260||11.0|
|Farmwood Gardens||120 Farmwood Dr.||336-310-1383||11.8|
|Village East Apartments||122 Chaucer View||336-996 5491||12.2|
|Hawthorne at the Grove||1014 Grays Land Ct.||336-553 7960||13.2|
There are a variety of ways to go about identifying a possible roommate, even if you do not know anyone else in Winston-Salem. As with the apartment search itself, it’s best to consider beforehand what you need or want in a roommate – is it important that they share your cleaning or social preferences? Are you willing to live with pets, or with someone who smokes? Where are you hoping to live, and do you have a preference for a type of apartment? Once you’ve identified your needs in these areas, consider some of the following options for finding a roommate.
- Connect with current or incoming students on social media
- Use a roommate matching service. These are offered by some of the major rental companies.
- Look for listings of current tenants advertising for a new roommate via local media outlets including websites, newspapers, etc. You could also post such an ad asking for someone to apartment-hunt with.
- Make sure that you are clear up and up front about the items you identify as most important to you, and think about how you will know the person will be a reliable and safe roommate. Once you have identified a potential roommate, consider discussing with them the sorts of issues that may arise.
Remember that once you sign a lease together, you will each individually be responsible to the landlord for all Tenant obligations under the terms of your lease, including the rent and any damages to the unit – so please choose your fellow tenants carefully.
- Will your preferences regarding cleaning, lifestyle, studying, and social habits be a good fit with this person’s preferences?
- Will he or she respect your personal property and privacy?
- How will you divide the rental payments, utility expenses, groceries, etc.?
- Who will provide or pay for which household items (furniture, kitchenware, etc.)?
Planning ahead is a great way to ensure that you and your roommate are a good fit. Below are some tips to help you make the most of this experience.
- Be sure that you are being a good roommate. Adhere to the terms of your agreement and your rental obligations, and be open to dialogue and feedback.
- Avoid implicit language and try to be explicit – don’t expect him or her to be able to read your mind.
- When possible, communicate with your roommate in person. This is more likely to be effective than communicating via impersonal notes or other forums.
- Be flexible – if both of you are open to compromise and adjustment along the way, new situations can be addressed constructively.
- If an issue arises that you are not able to reach agreement on, ask a neutral third party to help you find a solution together.