General Housing Guidelines  

It is possible to book housing prior to arrival, and this is recommended if you find something you think you like. However, keep in mind that housing contracts are binding and if you arrive and find the housing option unsuitable, you may not be able to move without paying high fees.  

Some international scholars wait until after they arrive in Winston-Salem to make a housing commitment. This allows for the opportunity to find housing that is suitable for personal wants and needs. If you will be using this method to find housing, you will probably need to plan to stay in a local hotel for two to three days. This will give you time to look at several different properties, as well as give the complex time to prepare and clean the apartment prior to your move-in date.  

Find Housing Options 

Temporary Housing

Contact Corporate Accommodations for temporary housing arrangements with local apartment complexes: 336-299-1312.

Long-Term Housing

For information on rental housing including local apartment complexes, visit Housing Resources.    

Please keep the following in mind when looking for an apartment and and/or signing a lease:  

  • A contract is a legally binding agreement between you and the owner/management. Once you sign a contract and take possession of the apartment, you are bound by the rules of that contract. If you decide to move prior to the end date listed on the contract, you will most likely have to pay a large fine and forfeit your deposit.
  • Most apartment contracts are for a 12-month period. On occasion a complex will allow you to sign a lease for five or six months.
  • Most apartment complexes require a deposit. The amount of the deposit is often equal to one month’s rent.
  • Most apartments in Winston-Salem are unfurnished, and you will be responsible for furnishing the apartment.
  • Your personal safety should be your highest priority in looking for an apartment. If you have doubts about the overall safety of a certain property, please consult with the Office of International Services prior to signing a lease.
  • When you look at an apartment, make sure that you ask the management about any rent specials that they might have. Many local complexes run specials throughout the year. Even if the complex doesn't have any advertised specials, a discount might be available If you ask.
  • Most apartments charge extra rent and/or deposit money for pets.
  • You should not hesitate to call the apartment's management office if you have a problem with your apartment, such as noisy neighbors, leaky faucet, etc.
  • If you damage the apartment or leave it in a dirty condition when you move out, you will be charged a repair/cleaning fee.

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Pamela Redmond
Immigration Specialist



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