Guidelines, Laws & Policies

Education District Act

The City of Philadelphia requires all college/university students who do not live on campus, but do live in the Fourth Council District (in a residence other than with their family) while attending school to supply the college or university with his or her local address and applicable vehicle registration information. The Fourth Council District includes the neighborhoods of East Falls, Roxborough, Manayunk, West Allegheny, West Philadelphia (north of Market Street), Overbrook Farms and Wynnefield, and is also known as the Educational Housing District.

Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code

This code obligates an owner offering residential property for rent to provide certain information to the tenant at the inception of each tenancy.

Plain Language Consumer Contract Act

This law requires landlords to redraft leases so they are clear and concise in order for tenants to understand their rights and duties.

Philadelphia University Student Handbook

Tenant Rights- Landlord Tenant Act of 1951

[Please note: Please note that the Office of Commuter Services and PhilaU are only serving as a link between PhilaU Off-Campus and Commuting Students.  We are not responsible for off-campus living units nor are we in direct contact with landlords or management offices.  Filling out forms provided by the Office of Commuter Services gives us the ability to share information with other PhilaU students in order to best assist you with your off-campus housing selection process.  We will not distribute this information to third parties.]


Commuter Services

Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 301