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Tenants - Getting Started

When looking for a property

There are several resources available to residents of Columbia when looking for rental property.

When searching for a potential property it is important that you do your homework on the place you wish to visit. It is always important  that you place your safety first. Never visit a property on your own, always bring a friend. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, leave the property at once and report to the police any suspicious behavior.


One of the most important questions a student needs to ask themselves is, “How much can I afford to spend?” When deciding where to live know beforehand how much you can spend a month on rent. This will help you calculate out your budget and expenses or the year.

One of the most common mistakes is not budgeting for a 12-month lease. Many property owners will only give you this option. So, be sure to calculate all of you expenses on a 12-month budget. It is possible to sublease, but this is at the discretion of your property owner. Calculate the cost of living , such as rent, utilities, groceries, and other expenditures, when assessing your needs.

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Moving BoxesFinal Preparations for Moving


  • Begin by creating a folder for all important documents, such as your lease and any contracts you have pertaining to the new rental agreement.
  • Decide what you want to move and what you need to get rid of. This will help to reduce clutter when going to your next location.
  • If you are going to use a moving service it is important to get a couple of different bids. Make sure to watch out for hidden costs.


  • Get packing supplies (boxes, tape, labels).
  • Begin cleaning out any closets or drawers that contain items that are rarely used. This will help to reduce a lot of stress before you move.
  • It is always a good idea to clean as much as you can while packing. This will reduce your time spent cleaning when you are trying to move out.
  • Go to the local post office or online at and fill out a “change of address” form.
  • Contact all of your current service companies and set a date for disconnecting your services and setting up new ones at the location you are moving to. 
  • Create a place for important documents to be kept, such as insurance cards, social security cards, birth certificates, and passports.
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Columbia Resources


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Information Provided By: University of Missouri Off-Campus Student Services

Tenant Resources

  • Columbia Housing Authority >

      201 Switzler Street
      Columbia, MO 65203
      (573) 443-2556
      Fax: (573) 443-0051
  • Columbia Human Rights Commission >

      City of Columbia - Law Department
      701 E. Broadway, 2nd Floor
      P.O. Box 6015
      Columbia, MO 65205
      (573) 817-5024
      Fax: (573) 442-8828
  • Columbia Parks and Recreation >

      1 S. 7th St.
      Columbia, MO 65201
      (573) 874-7460
  • Columbia Police Department >

      Crime Free Housing Programs Coordinator
      (573) 874-7426
      Fax: (573) 751-0774
  • Columbia Water and Light >

      701 East Broadway
      Columbia, MO 65201
      (573) 874-7380
  • Mid Mo Legal Services >

      1201 West Broadway
      Columbia, MO 65203
      (573) 442-0116 or 1-800-568-4931
      Fax: (573) 875-0173
  • Missouri Attorney General >

      Supreme Court Building
      207 W. High St.
      P.O. Box 899
      Jefferson City, MO 65102
      (573) 751-3321
      Fax: (573) 751-0774
  • Office of Neighborhood Services >

      City of Columbia
      701 E. Broadway, 3rd Floor 
      P.O. Box 6015
      Columbia, MO 65205
      (573) 817-5050
  • University of Missouri Office of Off-Campus Student Services >

      G202 MU Student Center
      Columbia, MO 65211
      (573) 882-4634
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