The Community College of Baltimore County does NOT offer housing or dormitories on any of the campuses.
International students need to arrange for housing accommodations on their own. Fortunately, there are apartments or flats near every campus. To see what type of housing and amenities are available, you may want to start your search online at Baltimore Apartments or Apartments For Rent. If you are interested in sharing a room or finding a room in a private home you may want to check with the Office of Student Life. Be sure to ask about the apartment's or house's proximity to a bus stop if you are planning to use public transportation.
Getting an Apartment
When you rent or lease an apartment in the U.S., you are usually required to pay the first and last month's rent plus a security deposit before you can move in. Rental applications usually ask for a social security number in order to do a "Credit Check." You do not need a social security number to rent an apartment. Apartment managers do not need to run a credit check. Instead, they can ask for a larger security deposit. You may also need to provide proof that you have the funds to pay the rent. For this reason, it is a good idea to open a local bank account before you start your apartment search.
Understanding a Lease
Read the lease carefully and understand all the terms used before you sign it. A lease is a legally binding, written agreement between a tenant and landlord describing the rights and responsibilities of each.
Determine if the lease is renewable by the month or the year and whether the lease can be broken in case you want, or need, to move out before the end of the lease. If the renewal terms are not described in the lease, you may be required to pay rent until the end of the period covered by the lease even if you move out and live elsewhere. (Many unpleasant disputes arise between landlords who want to keep their property rented and student renters who, after signing a lease, wish to live elsewhere). Also, determine which utilities you are responsible for and which are paid by the landlord.
When you have located your housing, you may need to contact utility serices such as gas, electricity and water. Again, the utility companies may ask for your social security number. You will need to explain that you do not have a social security number and you may need to make additional deposits. Baltimore Gas & Electricity Company (BG&E) provides gas (used for heating and cooking or both) and electricity. To reach BG&E call 1-800-685-0123.
It is important you pay bills on or before the date they are due. If you pay your bill late more than two times, you may have to pay a deposit for service to be turned back on.
Baltimore County provides water, sewer, and trash removal service to Baltimore County residents. Talk to your landlord to determine if it is included in your rent. If you need to arrange for trash removal, call 410-396-5398.