We highly recommend that new international students apply to live on campus their first year in the U.S. Not only will you have all of the comforts of home, but you will also meet many new friends, have direct access to the library, classrooms, and computer labs, and be close to campus activities.
If you are interested in living on campus, you must submit the online application and the prepayments and processing fees. Information on how to apply can be found on our University Housing web page.
Please note that the International Services Office cannot assist you with arranging your living accommodations. Though we are happy to assist you with any questions you may have, it is your responsibility to submit the housing application and pay the fees. Failure to do so will result in you not receiving housing on campus. Should you arrive without having made living accommodations, we will be unable to temporarily house you.
If you decide to live off campus, the city of Hammond has many apartments located close to Southeastern's campus. It is important to note, however, that most of these apartments are unfurnished. Should you decide to lease an apartment, be prepared to locate furniture for your new accommodation. Southeastern's Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs works with the International Student Ministry to assist international students with grocery shopping, securing donated furniture and bicycles, English conversation classes, and much more. You can contact the ISM before you arrive to better prepare yourself for you new apartment.
Apartments that are located near Southeastern's campus are not associated with the university and they are owned by private individuals and companies. Therefore, you can expect to follow different rules and regulations and pay different prices. Anytime a student wishes to rent an apartment, they are expected to sign a lease. This is an agreement between you and the owner of the apartments that stipulates the cost of rent and is your acknowledgment of their rules for living there.Leases are like contracts and can last anywhere from six months to a year. Failure to abide by a signed lease can result in fees and loss of a security deposit. Because each lease is different depending upon who you rent from, please defer to that apartment's rental office for specific information.
Tenants of an apartment are also usually expected to assume responsibility for payment of all utilities (electricity, gas, phone, cable, etc). In addition, you must be prepared to pay a security deposit and the first month's rent upon signing a lease agreement.
Though we cannot recommend specific apartments to students, we do offer a list of those that are close to our campus. You can also search Hammond's newspaper, the Daily Star, for a list of apartments available for rent which are located under the classifieds section.
Please note that the International Services Office cannot assist you with arranging your living accommodations. Though we are happy to assist you with any questions you may have, it is your responsibility to contact the rental office of the apartment that you are interested in and make arrangements. Should you arrive without having made living accommodations, we will be unable to temporarily house you.