If you are interested in living on campus, contact the Office of Residential Life. They handle all issues related to on-campus housing, including housing contracts, move-in dates and reservation deposits. What to Bring Providence has four very distinct seasons, with cold winters and hot summers. Bring clothing for cold and hot weather. Residential Life has a list of recommended items to bring. When you arrive, the International Center will take you on a shopping trip so that you can purchase items that you forgot or need immediately. Off-campus Housing The International Center’s full-time housing coordinator will assist you in the process of securing off-campus housing. Most students are placed in an apartment within two days of their arrival. Monthly rental costs range from $750 to $1400/month depending on location, services and how many students will share the apartment. If you are sign a lease, make sure that you understand all of the terms. Once the lease is signed, you are legally responsible for all of the rules and conditions contained within it. A lease is strictly between the student and the landlord or rental agency. For more information about off-campus housing (including leases), contact Residential Life. Furniture Some apartments are furnished, but most of them need to be furnished by the student. Before purchasing furniture, consider how long you will need it and what you will do with it when you leave. Used furniture outlets are located near the university. Utilities Most landlords ask that you pay for your own utilities, which usually include heat, electricity, telephone and cable.