Apartment Rules and Regulations

Indiana University Apartment Housing Rules & Regulations apply to all residents, dependents, or other occupants of apartment housing units, as well as visitors and guests. All residents are expected to be familiar with and abide by the terms and conditions of the apartment housing contract and the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, & Conduct, hereafter referred to as “the Code”.

  1. You are responsible for the conduct of your guests and dependents. You will be responsible for any damages, policy violations, or property losses attributed to your guests.
  2. Any resident present in an apartment and knows a violation is occurring will be deemed complicit in the activity unless the resident has immediately reported the situation to a university official and/or has left the room upon discovering the violation.


You must complete the Housing-Occupant Door Access Request Form, which is available at One.IU, before checking into the apartment. You must submit a list of all apartment occupants to your apartment housing office upon checking into the apartment. You are required to keep the occupant list up-to-date at the site referenced above. You may not sublease space in the apartment.

Residents may host guests overnight in the apartment—at the discretion of apartment management. No more than two guests per resident are allowed to stay overnight in a room. Hosts must receive permission from all roommates and suitemates to have an overnight guest, and it is the responsibility of the host to register their guests. Guest registration procedures can be obtained by contacting the center desk, or at the Residential Programs & Services (RPS) Guest Registration Site.

When planning to vacate the apartment, you must notify the apartment housing assignments office and complete the necessary forms.

Actions that generally infringe upon the rights and freedoms of other residents are prohibited, regardless of the intention behind the actions. Such actions include, but are not limited to, coercion, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, pranks, and threats.

You must observe the academic nature and close parameters of the community. Residents must be considerate at all times regarding noise levels when requested by neighbors.

Residents must maintain clean and sanitary conditions inside their apartments.

Children must not play in the hallways, laundry areas, lobbies, or stairwells. Parents must provide supervision of children on playgrounds and recreational areas located near all apartment buildings. The equipment should not be used after dark so as not to disturb nearby residents.

All apartment keys and key cards are the property of Indiana University. You may not duplicate any apartment key or key card.

Using or attempting to use university property in a manner inconsistent with its designated purpose is prohibited.

You may not use any part of the facility, grounds, or residences for commercial or nonresidential purposes, including mail order and redistribution. Door-to-door selling in the buildings is not permitted.

Keep corridors, hallways, and stairwells clear of personal items and household trash.

Exterior spaces, such as patios and walkways, cannot be used for storage. Also, furniture designed for indoor use cannot be used outside (i.e., balconies, patios, walkways, etc.).

Bicycles, inline skates, scooters, and skateboards must not be used inside the buildings or in or near busy areas, such as entrances and exits.

Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited inside all apartments and on Indiana University—owned or leased property, except in designated outdoor areas.

You may not alter, damage, or modify your apartment or change locks and latches on apartment doors. Painting is permitted with the approval of the housing manager. Contact paper should not be used on floors, shelves, or walls in the apartments. Lightweight hanging items, such as pictures and wall hangings, may be hung using the wooden picture hanging rails provided. Attached shelving is not allowed unless the university provides it as part of the furnishings. No appliances or equipment may be removed from the apartment unless authorized by the housing manager. Possession of public area furniture in individual apartments is prohibited. Carpets may not be fastened down with adhesives, tacks strips, or tack. Double-sided carpet tape may be used as long as you can clean up the residue when you move. You will be responsible for the cost of floor repairs. Modifications to electrical wiring, including smoke detection devices, within an apartment or living unit, are prohibited.

RPS must place the safety of all guests and residents first. Therefore, some items are not permitted in any campus apartment. These include:

  1. Antennas, satellite dishes, or other wires extending outside of windows.
  2. Burning candles.
  3. Burning incense.
  4. Clothes washers and dryers.
  5. Dishwashers.
  6. Drones.
  7. Firearms or other weapons, including but not limited to, air guns and BB guns.
  8. Fireworks or explosive materials, whether factory or homemade.
  9. Flammable liquids and other similar materials.
  10. Gas engines.
  11. Halogen lamps—sometimes called torchieres.
  12. Hoverboards, mopeds, motorcycles, and other similar vehicles.
  13. Illegal drugs.
  14. Open flame stoves.
  15. Tanning beds.
  16. Waterbeds.

Also, you may not cover your apartment door with wrapping paper
or other flammable materials.

The only permitted electrical appliances in apartment housing must be the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listed, equipped with thermostatic controls, and rated at 700 watts (6 amps) or less. Such electrical items include extension cords and outlet strips. You may use type S, SJ, or 14-gauge wire. Extension cords, surge protectors, and using LCDI technology, such as FireShield®, are strongly recommended.

You may not use charcoal grills inside apartments, on balconies, or any place smoke may enter the building. Never empty hot coal ashes into trash bins.


No pets (or animals), including birds, guests’ pets, or laboratory specimens are permitted in RPS housing units. Crustaceans or fish kept in aquariums are allowed. Aquariums may not exceed a 10-gallon capacity. Requests for emotional support or service animals must be approved through the Office of Disability Services for Students and the housing assignments office at housing@indiana.edu.

Any resident found in violation of the pet policy will be subject to contract cancellation. Also, there will be a charge levied against the resident to cover the cost of inspection and treatment, if needed, of the apartment for fleas or other insects brought in by an animal.

Do not drive or park vehicles on lawns, walks, or any areas other than streets, roadways, and parking lots. Also, do not place any vehicle in an area designated as “No Parking” or curb ramps and yellow curbs cuts. Be sure to observe all campus parking regulations.

You are responsible for abiding by all the conditions and terms of your apartment housing contract.

You are responsible for abiding by all documents, including electronic or digital copies sent to you by the university and apartment housing.

Writing offensive or inappropriate language or symbols on dry erase boards, walks, walls, or other areas frequented by the public is prohibited.

  1. Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
  2. Alcohol may not be used in public areas of apartment housing, including but not limited to, balconies, breezeways, elevators, laundry rooms, parking lots, picnic or grassy areas, recreational areas, stairwells, or anywhere else in the community.
  3. To protect the health and safety of residents and their guests, alcoholic beverages may not be served at private or sponsored events held in meeting rooms or other public areas.
  4. Any beer contained in any form of a keg is prohibited.

Bonfires or campfires are prohibited on apartment housing property unless specifically authorized. To obtain information and open-burning permits, visit the Office of Insurance, Loss Control, & Claims.