USC- Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you’ll find the answers to some questions we get from prospective tenants.

General

Are women allowed to live at 2715 Portland? Yes, 2715 Portland St is a co-ed facility.

Is there parking available? Yes, parking is available for an additional $100 per month and is allocated on a first come first serve basis.

How does the house get cleaned? There is a professional cleaning service that comes once a week to clean all common areas of the house. There also is an on-site manager who takes care of the trash, and all the other little things like soap and toilet paper in the bathrooms.

How much are utilities? So you have to pay fewer bills, all utilities (water, power, gas, and wireless internet) are free.

Is there AC? There is central air conditioning in all of the rooms except rooms 2-4.

Are pets allowed? In order to cater to tenants with allergies and encourage a clean home, no pets are allowed.

Is there laundry on site? There is a washer and dryer on the property, both of which take quarters.

Bedroom

Do I get a key to my room? Yes, your privacy is important to us, so all rooms have their own . Access control to the building is done with a keypad.

Are the rooms furnished? Most rooms are unfurnished. We have a limited number of bed frames, mattresses, desks and dressers that are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Can I live in a double if I don’t have a roommate? Yes. We will pair tenants who are looking for roommates with each other. Our policy is to only pair roommates of the same gender together.

Kitchen

Is there a kitchen? Because eating out every meal is expensive, tenants have access to a full kitchen including refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove, oven, and sink.

What can I cook with? To help keep the kitchen clean, we ask that tenants bring their own cookware.

Bathrooms

What are the bathrooms like? The main bathroom on the second floor has two toilets, four sinks, and three showers. Suite style bathrooms that are shared between two bedrooms are available in 8 of the 13 rooms. There is also a half bathroom downstairs. For pictures of the bathrooms, check out photos

When do the bathrooms get cleaned? Bathrooms are cleaned once a week by our professional service, and supplies are restocked daily by our on-site manager.

Application/Payment


Why is there an application fee? We want to provide a safe and secure environment, and the $35 application fee goes towards running a background check on all the tenants who stay with us over summer and during the school year.

How can I make payments? Upon receiving your completed background check, you will be sent a link to create a profile for our tenant portal, Buildium. You will be able to pay your first month of rent through Buildium using your bank’s account/routing numbers.

Is there a security deposit? Yes, there is a security deposit equivalent to one month's rent that is refunded at the end of your lease, minus damages. The deposit is due on the date you move in.

Move In/Move Out

My job/internship starts before May 15th, can I move in before that date? There is limited availability right now at the property, if you would like to move in before the 15th please indicate as such in your application email and we’ll see what we can do.

My job/internship only lasts until the start of August- would I have to pay for the full summer’s worth of rent? We ask that tenants who miss a part of the summer session pay for some of the time they miss. If you rented a room for only the first two months of summer, we ask that you pay 2.5 months of rent. This is because it’s very difficult to find people to move in to rooms for only 3-4 weeks at the end of summer.