Who can live in Vandalia Apartments?
Vandalia Apartments is open to all undergraduate (excluding first-time freshman and first time transfer students with less than 29 credit hours), graduate, professional, veteran and international students.
How do I sign a lease at Vandalia Apartments?
Visit us in the leasing office at Vandalia Apartments to sign a lease and learn more about the property. If you want to live at Vandalia Apartments, but you are not able to come in, please call our office at 304-293-0543 for more information on how you can complete the leasing process from a distance.
What utilities are included?
All utilities are included with your lease; water, gas, sewer, cable, internet and electric.
Is there an application fee?
Yes. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that will be billed to your student account upon submission of your application.
How much is the security deposit?
A security deposit of $400.00 is due at lease signing or after the application process to secure your apartment. The security deposit will be returned to residents upon satisfactory completion of a move-out inspection of their apartment.
How do I pay my rent?
All payments and charges are processed through your WVU account. Payments can be made online through the STAR system or at the Student Accounts Office.
Is financial aid accepted?
Yes! Financial aid, loans and scholarships can be applied towards your rent upon receipt of the award. Rent or a portion of rent, may be paid from such award--be sure to talk with a financial aid counselor. If you plan on using financial aid to pay for your apartment, please let the front desk staff know at the time you sign your lease, they will make the appropriate billing changes.
What does 'individual leases' or 'by-the-bed leases' mean?
Each apartment at Vandalia Apartments is leased by the bed, which means that every person in the apartment has his or her own individual room and individual lease. This is great for you, because you don’t have to stress about your roommates paying their rent or bills. No matter what, you are only responsible for your individual rent.
Can I pick roommates or can you match me with a roommate?
You can do either! You are welcome to live with your friends, or we can perform a custom match with roommates. Our roommate matching process allows us to identify matches in personality types, interests and lifestyle towards a compatible living arrangement. You will fill out a form and submit it to our office should you want to be matched.
Are there resident assistants?
No, there are no resident assistants at Vandalia Apartments. Vandalia Apartments are an independent, apartment-style community managed by WVU. We do have community assistants available in the leasing office to assist you with your living needs should you need any help.
Do I have a meal plan at Vandalia Apartments?
No. Since Vandalia Apartments are an apartment community, you do not need to have a meal plan. If you would like a meal plan, you do have the option to purchase one through WVU.
How long are the lease terms?
All leases run August 1st-July 15th
When can I move in?
Residents can move in starting August 1 of their lease term year. An email with designated times will be sent out to new residents moving in, one to two months prior to their arrival. If you cannot move in during the designated time period, please call the office to see if after hours move in with a staff member can be arranged.
Is smoking allowed?
WVU is a tobacco-free campus, therefore, Vandalia Apartments does not allow tobacco use of any kind.
Is drinking allowed?
University Apartments are not dry; however, you must be of legal drinking age in order to drink and possess any alcohol on the property. All WVU students are to abide by the WVU Office of Student Conduct, which strives to foster a campus community that protects the health, welfare, safety, property, and rights of all members of our community.
Do I need to get renter's insurance?
Per the lease, a resident is encouraged to maintain a policy. Your belongings are not insured be the lease agreement. Renter’s insurance may often be purchased as an option on a parent’s home owner’s or automobile insurance policy and it is relatively inexpensive in most cases.
What if I need maintenance?
On-site maintenance is available at Vandalia Apartments. Residents should report needed repairs to the Leasing Office or to the website http://fsd.wvu.edu as soon as possible. Prompt maintenance service is the goal of Vandalia Apartments. In order to achieve this goal, we need your cooperation. The Property Manager is available at 293-0543, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If emergency problems occur after office hours, you may call UPD at 293-3136. When calling, you must give your name, apartment number and the maintenance problem. Only emergency maintenance problems should be reported to UPD and all routine maintenance problems will be handled through the Leasing Office.
How do I receive mail and packages?
Letter-sized mail and small packages are delivered by the US Postal Service to your locked mailbox located in the main lobby. Larger USPS packages are accepted at the main office. The office staff will notify residents of the delivery and secure their package(s) in the leasing office. Residents can sign for and pick up their package(s) in the leasing office during business hours.
What type of security is offered?
There is secure card-controlled access into all buildings and apartments using your student ID. Only people living at Vandalia Apartments will be granted access into the building. Security cameras are throughout the buildings and the premises is routinely patrolled by the University’s Police Department.
Are pets allowed?
There are a limited number of pet apartments and are leased on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pets must be 50 pounds or less, one year old at time of occupancy, not be an aggressive breed, and owner must provide up-to-date vet records at time of signing. For more details on the pet addendum please contact the leasing office.
Are there laundry facilities available?
A laundry facility is available in the second building.
Where will I park my car?
Vandalia Apartments has private parking available in the garage under the building for $150 a month and surface parking spots on an adjacent lot for $50 a month with a signed lease.