The Housing Page
You should have received housing information from the admissions
office in your initial 'Welcome' packet. Please complete the
form and return it to Butler's residence life office as
soon as possible.
Freshman, sophomores and juniors MUST live on campus. Seniors
are able to live on or off campus.
On Campus Housing
There are several housing options on Butler's
Ross Hall is predominately for the
incoming male and female freshman students.
Schwitzer Hall is predominately for the
incoming female freshman students.
Residential College (ResCo)
is predominately a sophomore building, and it is
popular with the international exchange students. Residential
College has one of the two dining facilities on campus.
If you are going home for the summer and do not want to take all
your things with you there are storage facilities in some of the
"Storage facilities are extremely
limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis to students
returning to the residence halls and available only to students who
live outside Indiana and the surrounding states and is limited to
four enclosed boxes or plastic totes. No student may store
anything without the approval of the Residence Life
Coordinator. Carpets, televisions, stereos, refrigerator, or
appliances cannot be stored. Butler University does not
assume liability for any items stored throughout the academic year
or during the summer months." -Butler Student Handbook
Apartment Village apartments are for upper
classmen (juniors and seniors) ONLY.
University Terrace apartments houses junior and
The greek houses line the South side of Hampton Drive. If you
choose to become a member of a fraternity or sorority, you have the
option in your sophomore year to live in your fraternity or
sorority's house on campus instead of in the dormitories.
Visit the Residence Life
website for more details on what to expect from on-campus
Dining Facilities On Campus
Atherton Union has:
- A Cafeteria called The Market Place at Atherton,
- A Convenience Store where you can buy sandwiches, juice,
hummus, hamburgers and more!
- A Starbucks (the first Starbucks in Indianapolis!)
Residential College (ResCo) has the second
cafeteria on campus.
The Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) has Zia
Juice, the smoothie and juice bar on campus
The Apartment Village has a convenience store,
open during the school year where limited groceries can be
For locations, menus, hours, and more, visit our food service
Off Campus Housing
Seniors and Graduate students have the option of living
There are many sites online that can help you find the
right apartment for you:
- Craigslist.org - be careful when using Craigslist to find a
roommate or housing. Anybody can post listings on this site.
Some things to keep in mind while searching for a house
or apartment to rent:
- Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day really get
a sense of the environment. Find out where the nearest laundry,
grocery store, and hospital are located.
- Verify that the building is secured by locks on the entrance
door. If you are curious about the safety of the neighborhood,
contact the Indianapolis Police Department or BUPD and ask about
the crime in the area.
- Make sure the commute to Butler is acceptable for you. If you
choose to ride the bus to campus, make sure that you feel
comfortable riding the bus and walking around the neighborhood at
- Beware of false or deceptive advertising. Never rely on the
apartment description. Make sure that you verify the details
yourself. Do NOT take someone else's word for it.
- Make sure that you are planning ahead. Finding the right
apartment for you may take some time, do not stress yourself out by
waiting until the last minute. With that said, most apartment
managers do not know their availability until about one month
Once you have found your apartment, you will be required to sign
a lease agreement, a document that outlines the tenant's
responsibility and specifies dates of occupancy. The lease can be
anywhere from 3 months to 2 years. Make sure you are know how long
you want to rent the apartment and that the lease agreement
reflects that. It's better to have a lease that is less time than
you want to rent rather than more time; you can always renew your
lease (if you're a good tenant), but if you need to 'break' your
lease, there will be fees attached to that.
Before you sign the lease
Ask the landlord to explain all the rules to you. You are
legally responsible to observe everything in the lease, so be
certain it is agreeable to you and that you understand everything
in it. Before signing the lease, learn the answers to these
- How much is the rent?
- Is there a deposit? How much? What are the terms to getting the
deposit back at the end of the lease?
- What does the rent include? Gas, electric, water, trash
- What does the landlord maintain? What is your responsibility?
Who mows the grass? Shovels the snow?
- What, if any, furniture is included?
- Who may visit? May you have overnight guests? May you have
- May you sublet? Under what conditions?
- How much advance notice should you give before moving out?
Landlords expect tenants to:
- Pay rent on time.
- Respect property and keep the apartment in good condition.
- Tell the landlord of needed repairs: give him/her time to make
them (usually, no more than 1 week if minor).
- Make changes only with permission (nail holes, painting,
- Be considerate of your neighbors in regards to noise, clutter,
and cooking odors.