First- and second-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus in residence halls.

All other undergraduates (including exchange students) can choose to live either on campus or off campus.

Emory does not provide housing for graduate or professional students or for international scholars, but you have a number of options off campus.

On campus

Over the summer, you will get on-campus housing information from the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

Dorm rooms start at $3,780 per semester, and they come with furniture, water, electricity, gas, cable TV, and wifi.

Typically, undergraduates live with a roommate.

More info about on-campus housing options >>

Off campus

When you first arrive in Atlanta, your department or school might be able to find temporary housing. Contact them directly for more info.

Important: Check out our online safety tips to learn about common scams and have a safe rental search.

Emory has an off-campus housing finder  to help you explore your options.

Campus Crossings at Briarcliff is an apartment complex designed for Emory graduate students, professional students, and international scholars. 

There are also a number of other apartment complexes nearby:

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Housing costs vary greatly depending upon location, amenities, age of the building, etc. Generally, rent will range from $800 - $2000 per month. 

Usually, the rent payment does not include utility costs like heating, air conditioning, or cable.

You'll need about $2,000 for your initial expenses, to cover household necessities and establish utilities like electricity, water, and natural gas.

Questions to ask

Before you sign a lease agreement, you might want to ask about:

  • How long is the lease?
  • When is rent due each month?
  • Do I need to pay a security deposit? If so, how much is it? Will it be refunded at the end of the lease?
  • Are there restrictions on pets or guests?
  • Who will take care of maintenance and repairs?
  • What is the parking availability (if you have a car)?
  • Is the apartment furnished or unfurnished?
  • Are there laundry facilities on-site?
  • Are utilities (gas, electricity, water, garbage collection, cable/internet etc.) included with the rent?


If you are renting an apartment off campus, you should ask which utilities are included. Sometimes apartment complexes will include water and garbage pickup in your rent payment. Usually, you'll need to contact utility companies to set up your service for electricity, cable and internet, natural gas, and so on.

As of December 2020, the following companies do not require a social security number to set up service:

• Electricity: Georgia Power will be your electricity provider. Start electric service by registering for an account online at www.georgiapower.com
• Gas: Not all apartments in the US use gas, so find out if you need it first. Gas South is one of your choices. Start service by registering for an account online at http://www.gas-south.com/ or call 1-877-332-5442.
• Water: Your water provider depends on the county you live in. Get information about Dekalb County water service and/or download the application at https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sites/default/files/waterapp.pdf. In the space for the Social Security Number, write “non-US citizen.”


Most apartments in the US come unfurnished. They will have a stove and refrigerator, but you'll need to get your own bed, sofa, chairs, and other furniture, as well as smaller items like kitchen utensils.

You can either rent or buy furniture while you're here.

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