Frequently Asked Questions
How does Campusview Real Estate Compare with other Landlords?
We are a full-time, professional management company. Unlike many landlords who work other jobs and cannot respond to issues during their work hours, we are on the job 24 hours per day. We have full-time employees whose sole job is to manage our apartment buildings near UWRF.
Since we are based out of River Falls, we do things much more efficiently and faster than other absentee landlords from out of town. For example, if your washer starts to leak, one of our employees will respond right away to take control of the situation and get it resolved. An absentee landlord from out of town or a landlord who works at another job will have a much harder time solving your washer problem.
Another example would be in the instance of a big snowstorm. We have our local employees (not subcontractors or absentee landlords driving in from out of town) taking care of snow removal. Our employees’ only job is to clear the parking lots of our apartment buildings in River Falls. We don’t use subcontractors with busy schedules plowing snow all over Western Wisconsin. The end result is that after a big snowstorm, the Campusview lots will be plowed and the Campusview sidewalks will typically be shoveled before other buildings.
Can we save money by living in a Campusview apartment rather than living in the dorms?
Absolutely. Many college students and their parents are surprised to learn that it is cheaper to live in a Campusview apartment compared with living in a dorm. Plus, many of our residents also find that it is much more cost effective to prepare meals in their own apartment rather than to sign up for a university meal plan.
Here is an example: If you currently live in UWRF’s South Fork (Four Bedroom) Suites with three other people for the 2019-2020 nine-month academic year, the total cost for your individual room with a UWRF parking permit is $5,543 or $616 per month.
By comparison, our residents currently living in a Campusview four bedroom apartment with three other people each pay a total individual cost of $4,200 or $350 per month for a 12-month lease. Our current residents are saving $1,343 by living in a larger unit, for a longer period of time, with an extra bathroom, their own living room, kitchen, a washer/dryer (not coin operated) and all other appliances right in your apartment!!!
While it is true that you will be responsible for a utility payment whenever you live off-campus, that expense is greatly offset when you aren’t forced to pay for your costly dorm room, plus a UWRF parking permit (UWRF charges $333 per year!) and super expensive university meal plan. The average UWRF meal plan cost for the 2019-2020 academic year is $2,514! Plus, you are forced to pay for those meals whether you use them or not. Even if you decide that you want to eat at a restaurant, order pizza, eat Ramen noodles, or even skip a meal, you still pay the same huge amount if you live in the dorms on a university meal plan!
Does the rental amount increase if our group has an extra person and two people share a room?
NO. The total rent for your apartment stays the same no matter how many people are on the lease. This is an excellent way to save money! Plus, the biggest bedroom in your apartment is HUGE at nearly 180 square feet!
Can we sublease our apartment over the summer?
Yes. A lot of our residents choose to sublease to other people over the summer if they do not plan on occupying the unit themselves. It is a great way to save money! There is a $50 processing fee. All subleasors must fill out an application and get all roommates to approve the subleasor.
How can I reserve an apartment for next year?
Campusview apartments are filled on a first come, first served basis. The only way that you can reserve an apartment is to sign a lease. Due to the high quality, location, and value of our apartments, they are always the first in River Falls to be filled.
What should I do if I am interested in a Campusview Apartment?
Call us at 715-425-5150. We will set up a time for you and your roommates to view the available apartment in which you are interested. At this time, you will get a folder that contains a copy of our lease, an application for each person, and a pricing breakdown sheet for each apartment.
If you and your roommates decide that you want to sign a lease, we will email you an application and a copy of the lease so you may sign it electronically. Apartments are filled on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that the specific apartment you viewed at an earlier showing will be available if you call us at a later time. If that is the case, we may have other apartments available for you to choose from.
How much is the security deposit?
The security deposit is the same as one month’s rent for the apartment.
What appliances are in each apartment unit?
In every apartment unit, there is a working stove/oven, microwave, and a clothes washer, and dryer. There is also a dishwasher in almost every Campusview unit. The clothes washer and dryer are right in your apartment unit (not coin operated) and you can use them as much as you like.
When does the lease term start?
We have apartments available with leases starting in both June 2020 and September 2020. For the most part, all of our leases for our properties on East Cascade Avenue run from September 2020 to the latter part of August 2021 and all of our leases for our Campusview South Apartments behind Hathorn Hall run from June 2020 to the latter part of May 2021. If you need a different time frame, we will try our best to accommodate you.
Can we have a pet in the apartment?
Yes. We do allow pets (up to 35 lbs) for an additional $20 per month fee. We require additional security deposit of $250 as well.
How do we pay for our rent?
We have made this as easy as possible for our residents. We have an online system that allows you to pay for free with an E-check or pay with your debit card or credit card. It doesn’t matter to us which person pays the rent. Our online system allows you to set up an autopay for every month (if you choose to do so) and see all your payments that have been already made. Some of our groups have one designated person who pays for the group whereas other groups have each resident make their own individual payment. Many residents have their parents pay directly. Whatever works for you!
We do not require you to use a shared bank account between residents or pay with one check like some landlords.
What about parking?
Parking your car around any university is always a challenge. At each Campusview property, there is an off-street parking lot provided for Campusview residents. Some lots are permit-parking-only lots, while others have assigned parking spots. We provide permits to our residents for their parking lot at no extra charge.
What if something breaks in my apartment?
We have friendly local maintenance people who will handle any maintenance problems you might have. Our office is right in River Falls and our full time staff works exclusively on these River Falls apartments. If something breaks, we almost always fix things at our expense unless it is clearly a result of abuse or negligent damage from a resident. We have an excellent reputation for making repairs quickly and keeping everything in excellent, working condition.
Can we have loud parties?
Campusview maintains a “No Party” policy. We take all party noise complaints, citations, and damages to property as a result of parties very seriously.