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Bison Run Village FAQ|Residence Life & Dining Services

Eligibility:

Who can live in Bison Run Village?
Residents of Bison Run Village must be UW Students. Freshmen at UW are not eligible as they required to live in the residence halls during their first academic year.

Can married students or families live in Bison Run Village?
As Bison Run Village apartments are leased by the bedroom (single-occupancy) and they are currently assigned by one gender either male or female, we offer other UW apartments that are leased by the apartment and not by the bedroom.

Application:

How can I apply for Bison Run Village?
You can apply online, or contact us for a paper application form.

What is the application fee?
The non-refundable application fee for Bison Run Village is $75. Each resident must complete an application.

Can I choose my own apartment-mates?
Provided that all of your apartment-mates meet the eligibility requirements, request you as roommate and you all sign a lease, yes. Just submit the names (and W numbers) of your desired roommates on your application. We suggest that all apply and sign your leases at as close to the same time as possible.

Will you match me with other roommates?
For students who don’t have desired roommates, we will match you as best we can, according to the information submitted on your application.

How much is the deposit?
A $200 deposit and with the first month’s rent are due at lease signing. Lease signing will be required within a few days after you have been made an apartment offer. Please be aware that this payment will be due shortly after you apply. Each resident must pay a deposit. The deposit will be held by Residence Life & Dining Services for the duration of the lease, and will be refunded upon completion of the lease, subject to any charges incurred.

Lease:

What does it mean that these apartments are rented “by the bedroom?”
There will be one resident per bedroom in each apartment. Each of these apartment-mates will have an individual lease with Residence Life & Dining Services, meaning that all are individually responsible for their own rent, and only their own rent. Living, dining and shared bathroom spaces are shared by all. Additionally, some fees, such as utility fees or disputed damages to common areas, may be assessed equally to all apartment-mates.

How long is the Bison Run Village Lease?
from the lease runs from August 15 through July 31, (50 weeks). Renewing students will get the first 2 weeks of August for free, as their new lease would begin on August 15.

Can I get out of my lease?
Bison Run Village leases are binding, meaning that you are responsible for the entirety or the full 50 weeks of the lease, including all the financial obligations and terms of the lease.

Can I sublet to someone else?
Subletting is not allowed. However, should you need to get out of your lease, you are allowed to find an eligible replacement to take over your lease with us, subject to our approval. Your replacement must be a UW Student, and they must meet all other conditions required to hold a lease at Bison Run Village, including having a guarantor.

What is a Guarantor?
A lease guarantor is someone who agrees to pay all financial obligations if the resident is not able to pay the rent for the entire term of the lease.

Who can be my guarantor?
Anyone with a verifiable and acceptable credit history can be your guarantor. For most students, this is a parent or relative.

If I have a good credit history, do I still need a guarantor?
You can serve as your own if you prepay the entire year’s rent.

Amenities & Utilities:

What utilities are included?
Included in the rent are: water, sewer, trash, local phone line access, expanded basic cable TV, internet, and an allowance for electric and gas.

What is the utility allowance and how does it work?
The utility allowance is a $15 per resident, included in your rent toward your electric & gas bill. Should your apartment’s electric & gas bill go over the combined allowance for all residents of the apartment, the additional cost will be divided equally and billed to each resident of the apartment.

Are the apartments cleaned for us?
Cleaning service is not provided.

How do I get things repaired in my apartment?
Our Maintenance Office assumes responsibility for all repairs. You would contact the work desk with your detailed request. Residents are expected to replace light bulbs, properly dispose of garbage and keep their apartments and grounds clean and free of hazards. Emergency Maintenance is provided on a 24-hour basis.

Is there storage provided outside of the apartment?
University Apartments does not provide storage space for residents' personal items or university property.

Policies:

Are pets allowed?
No pets are allowed in Bison Run Village.

Is smoking allowed?
All apartments are non-smoking.

Is alcohol allowed in the apartments?
If all residents of an apartment are 21 years of age or older, responsible consumption of alcohol is permitted. However, no person under 21 years of age may be in an apartment where there is alcohol present regardless of whether or not there is consumption.

Can I keep my firearms in my apartment?
Firearms, weapons, ammunition, and explosives are not permitted in or around University Apartments. A limited number of weapons may be stored at the University Police department, located on the corner of 15th and Flint. Apartment residents and guests with weapons that cannot be stored with the University Police facility must make alternate arrangements for off-campus storage.

Can I live with someone of the opposite gender?
Not at this time.

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