Private Rentals & Leasing

Whether you are a graduate student, first-year, transfer, or current student there are many options are available in the Uptown area. We recommend reviewing the tips provided on this site to help you evaluate and secure housing options during your time at UC.

Private Rental Search

Local landlords and property managers post rental properties on the off-campus housing search website sponsored by Student Government.

Important Note: The properties listed do not have the endorsement of the University of Cincinnati. This service is provided in collaboration with Student Government for your convenience. We recommend thorough consideration and inquiry when exploring off-campus housing options

Be a Safe Renter

Rental scammers frequently target student renters by using the following methods:

  • Advertising a rate that is too good to be true
  • Requesting money through social media or asking you to pay with giftcards
  • Asking for personal information (e.g. social security number) without verifying who they are
  • Expecting rent payments before a lease is signed

Visit the Public Safety has compiled a list of ways to identify signs of a rental scam and ways to avoid them.

Leasing Tips

Consider these leasing tips while securing housing. Remember that a lease is a contract with significant legal and financial obligations. Read leases carefully before signing them. Avoid making assumptions about whether you will be able to break the lease early, shorten the lease term or you can sublet. 

  • Determine how much money you can spend on rent
  • Consider additional expenses beyond rent, including electricity, heat, water/sewage, gas, trash, internet, and parking.
  • Be prepared to pay a deposit before moving in, such as a security deposit. 
  • Decide on the number of roommates and the duration of your rental commitment.
  • Walk through several listings to get a feel for what you want.
  • Take advantage of virtual tours. 
  • Take pictures
  • Ask specific questions about the property.
  • Visit the neighborhood at various times of the day, night, and weekend.
  • Are there fees to pay before I move in? (e.g. application fee, security deposit)?
  • When is rent due? Is there a grace period? How do I pay rent? Are there late fees?
  • How far away is the apartment from campus?
  • Is on-site parking available? What does it cost?
  • What utilities (heat, water/sewage, electricity, gas, trash) are included in the rent?
  • Do you know how much the average monthly electric/gas bill costs?
  • Are there laundry facilities in the unit, in the building or close to the apartment?
  • Is the apartment air-conditioned?
  • What kind of flooring is in the apartment?
  • How close it is to the grocery or convenience store?
  • Are there rules about guests?
  • Is renters insurance required?
  • How do I renew my apartment? Do I need to give notice if I don't want to renew my lease?
  • Can I cancel my lease before the end date?  If so, how do I do that and how much will it cost?
  • Can I sublet my apartment?
  • Read the lease and make sure you understand it.
  • Double-check the lease start and end dates, address, and rent rate. 
  • Make sure you understand how utilities are paid and any responsibilities you may have.
  • Obtain a copy of any rules and regulations before you sign.
  • Have all promised repairs written into the lease and signed by the landlord.
  • Keep a copy of the lease along with any additional rules.
  • Check if you have maintenance responsibilities like snow shoveling or grass cutting if you are renting a house.

Local Property Management Companies

Below is a list of property management companies with apartments near UC's uptown campus. 

Important Note: The properties listed do not have the endorsement of the University of Cincinnati. This service is provided in collaboration with Student Government for your convenience. We recommend thorough consideration and inquiry when exploring off-campus housing options

Property management companies for housing close to UC's campus with website links and phone numbers  
Property Management Company   Phone Number
Gaslight Property 513-861-6000
The Gerdsen Company 513-861-6603
CMC Properties 513-861-6603
Uptown Rentals Properties 513-861-9394
DT Properties 513-286-8426
City Center Properties 513-815-3300
Peak Campus 513-795-5275
Premier City Properties 513-402-2212
Prestige Property Management 513-861-9037
Fairview Apartments 513-382-9675
Village Green Property Management 888-801-4172
Book & Ladder 513-259-2180
Yugo 513-599-4598
The Verge 513-221-3026
ES Properties 513-505-5551
Albion 513-245-8946

Short-Term Rentals

Short Term Housing is available at several off-campus facilities. The University of Cincinnati neither officially endorses nor recommends any hotel or lodging. 

Hotels, Addresses, and Proximity to UC's Campus
Hotel Information Distance from UC Campus

The Graduate Hotel

151 Goodman St.
Cincinnati, OH 45219 

1/4 mile from University Hospital. Restaurant inside hotel. No pets.

Hampton Inn and Suites - Cincinnati / Uptown-University Area

3024 Vine Street
Cincinnati,  OH 45219

Within 1 mile of UC

Springhill Suites Hotel


610 Eden Park
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Within 5 miles of UC

The Clifton House Bed & Breakfast
513-221-7600 or 888-347-7486

500 Terrace Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Within 1 mile of UC

Gaslight Bed & Breakfast
(stairs not ADA accessible)

3652 Middleton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Within 2 miles of UC

HomeLinkCincinnati Corporate Housing & Furnished Apartments

2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, Oh 45208

Within 5 miles of UC


This information is provided as a reference for your convenience and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of any particular company or its practices. We encourage you to carefully consider all options, especially when there are multiple choices, such as internet providers. While we make efforts to keep the information updated, please verify details yourself due to the rapidly changing nature of technology services."

Alta Fiber

Alta Fiber provides several services including landline phone supportinternetdigital TVfioptics and home security. In addition, Cincinnati Bell is an option for energy supply. Call 513-566-4105 or visit the Cincinnati Bell website to learn more about pricing, bundled packages, and how to order. Some services are not available in all areas.


Spectrum's services include cable TVinternet and landline phone support. Call 1-855-892-1002 or shop online to order new services.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the gas and electric services provider for the Greater Cincinnati region. 

The Welcome Booklet for New Customers provides answers to many questions that new and existing customers have regarding power services.

Getting connected

Prospective customers are asked to provide the following information:

  • Physical address (where do you need service turned on)
  • Address you are moving from
  • Date you need the service (NOTE: Please allow three days to process online requests)
  • Mailing address (if different from the physical address)
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security # or Federal Tax ID
  • Spouse / roommate information

Requests to start, stop or move service can be made online or by calling 1-800-544-6900. New customers must be at least 18 years of age. Duke Energy can only put service in the name of the person making the application. A deposit may be requested if the applicant has not established credit.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Greater Cincinnati Water Works provides water to most of Hamilton County, parts of Butler and Warren Counties (OH) as well as to Boone County (KY).

Getting connected

Water is frequently factored into the rent for rental properties.  Check with the landlord or property manager to determine if you need to arrange for water service to be placed in your name. Complete the Move-in/Move-out form or call 513-591-7700 to schedule  water service connection.