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Rental Guide

The ultimate guide to finding a place off-campus in San Luis Obispo. Read it online below or download the PDF!

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PolyRents Rental Guide

Want to live off campus but don’t have any idea where to start?
We’ve got your back.

PolyRents has assembled the ultimate guide to finding a place off campus. Whether you’re a first year or fifth year, this guide will walk you through the process and provide you with the tips you need to get through it.


  • Introduction

    What is PolyRents and how can we help you?

  • Parents

    You're going to be involved. Here's what you'll need to do.

Getting Started

  • Figure Out Your Roommate Group

    Before you do anything else, you really need to figure out who you’ll be living with.

  • Set Your Housing Criteria

    What kind of place do you want to live in? What are the options? If you don't know, your housing search is going to be overwhelming.

  • Know The Timeline

    The search really picks up in early February. Start early so you don’t get stressed.

  • Find Available Properties

    Our breakdown of where to look including: Craigslist, property management websites, and talking to upperclassmen.

  • Avoid Scams & Fake Listings

    Chances are you’ll run into quite a few fake listings during your housing search. Don’t ever send money via MoneyGram or Western Union, and if the landlord can’t meet you, pass.

  • Contact Landlords

    Treat your interactions with the landlords like a job interview.

Applying to Places

Final Steps