Some students prefer to live off-campus (or may need to live off-campus if there are no spaces available in the residence halls on campus). Some international students live in surrounding residential neighborhoods, where there are apartments offering shared housing arrangements within walking or biking distance. Most off-campus residences will require you to sign a contract or lease. Make sure you read the contract or lease carefully before signing and agreeing to the terms. You may also need to provide a list of references, which are people who can provide information on your trustworthiness, character and previous rental history.