Frequently Asked Questions

General Leasing Questions

Can additional furniture be brought into the apartment?
You are welcome to bring additional furniture with you, but don’t forget that all of our apartments are fully furnished. You are welcome to move the furniture around to best suit your preferences, however none of the furniture may be removed from the apartment. Most unit types will include a bed frame, Tempur Pedic full size XL mattress, desk, desk chair, soft seating, coffee table, television stand, dining table and dining chair.
Do I have a meal plan?
Meal plans are not offered at SouthSide Commons, but you may obtain a meal plan from campus. Full kitchens are available in all of our units.
Do I have to have a guarantor/co-signer?
A Co-Signer or Guarantor is not required. If a student (including international students) does not have a guarantor, or doesn’t want to use a guarantor, then a Security Deposit can be paid instead. A security deposit is equal to one installment and is refundable at the end of the lease term assuming there is no outstanding balances or damage to the apartment. For guarantor rental criteria information, please see the For You tab on our website.
Do you allow pets?
SouthSide Commons is a pet friendly community! No more than one animal is permitted in a bedroom and no more than two animals are permitted in an apartment. Additional fees and restrictions will apply.
How are roommates matched?
Should you have desired roommates in made, make sure to add their names in the desired roommate section of the application and let the office know. If you do not have roommates in mind, no worries! We are happy to do the roommate matching for you! We look closely at the information and living preferences students provide on their application and do our best to place them with people that have the same or similar interests.
How can I apply for an apartment?
We are now accepting online applications on our website southsidecommonsbethlehem.com!
How can I get more information on SouthSide Commons?
For more information about the property, amenities, scheduling tours and more, make sure to visit our website www.southsidecommonsbethlehem.com and join our VIP list! As a VIP member, you’ll be the first to receive important leasing and property updates! SouthSide Commons has also opened up their temporary leasing office at 408 Adams St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Call 484-666-3320 or go to the website to schedule a tour!
How can I get more information on SouthSide Commons?
Join our VIP list! We are consistently updating information. In addition, we are currently accepting applications for fall 2019. From our website, you can select the “apply online” option to select the floor plan that best fits your needs.
How close to campus are you?
SouthSide Commons will be located on 444 Brodhead Ave. Bethlehem, PA 18015, right across the street from campus!
How do room assignments work if only one apartment resident has a 12 month lease?
Residents with 12 month leases will be placed together, same with 10 month leases.
How does my student secure a spot for next fall?
Leasing does take place on a first come, first serve basis. The only thing that will secure a spot is a fully executed lease!
How many people live there?
SouthSide Commons consists of 428 bed spaces. We have studio, two, three, and four bedroom apartments.
How quickly do I need to make a decision in order to secure a spot? Will it sell out?
All leases will be on a first come, first serve basis. You can contact our leasing office at 484-666-3320 or email bethlehem@edrtrust.com for information regarding availability. We anticipate leasing quickly, so the earlier a decision is made, the better your chances of securing the floor plan and contract length of your choosing will be.
How quickly do we need to make a decision in order to secure a spot? Will it sell out?
All leases will be on a first come, first serve basis. You can contact our leasing office at 484-666-3320 or email bethlehem@edrtrust.com for information regarding availability. Due to the amount of interest so far, we do anticipate to lease quickly and expect to fully lease the property. Because of this, the earlier a decision can be made, the better your chances of securing your desired the floor plan and contract length will be.
If I am over 21 do I need a guarantor?
Yes. All leases are required to have a guarantor. If an approved guarantor cannot be obtained, EdR Management, Inc. will accept a security deposit of one (1) installment.
If I pay in full do I get a discount?
SouthSide Commons does not offer discounts for rent paid in full. However, prepayment gives you the peace of mind knowing that your account is in good standing at all times!
Is parking available?
We have a limited amount of reserved parking spaces available for lease on a first come, first served basis.
What appliances are included in my unit?
Apartment include a full size refrigerator with icemaker, stove/oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal and microwave. Each unit will have also have a full size washer and dryer unit.
What community amenities will be available to my student?
Residents will have access to our modern fitness center, quiet study rooms, relaxing community green space, and outdoor grilling area!
What contract terms are available at SouthSide Commons?

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What if I need to cancel my lease?
Leases are legal contracts for the said term. Residents are responsible for the entire term of the lease.Should  you find another qualified student to takeover your lease, we offer lease re‐assignments for a $200 fee.
What is the application and service fee?
There is a $50 application fee and a $150 service fee. The application fee goes towards running the background and credit checks. The service fee is a one-time community amenity fee for the computer labs, 24 fitness center and study lounges.
What is the cost?
Please visit our Floor Plans page or call us for our current rates.
What is the security like at SouthSide Commons?
SouthSide Commons will be a fully secured community. Residents will have key fob/key card access 24/7. Students will need to key into the building at all times.
What lease terms are available at SouthSide Commons?
SouthSide Commons have both academic and full year leases available. Academic year leases are August 23, 2019 to May 31, 2020. Full year leases are August 23, 2019 to July 31, 2020. If you choose to renew your full year lease, you will not need to move‐out of your apartment at any time.
What size are the beds?
Our beds are full‐size, extra‐long. We suggest you bring queen‐sized sheets, which will work well instead of paying higher prices for “special” sized sheets.
What utilities are included in my rent?
Our rental packages are all‐inclusive! HD cable, high‐speed internet, electric, water, sewer, gas & waste removal are all included.
When can I move in?
Our Move‐in date August 23, 2019.
When will my student have to put down a deposit?
If a student secures an approved guarantor then a security deposit will not need to be paid. If a student cannot secure an approved guarantor, a security deposit will be required. Security deposits are equivalent to one (1) installment and are due within 10 days of signing the lease.
When is my first payment due?
Fall 2019 residents will need to pay their first month’s installment by July 15, 2019.
Will housing be for Lehigh Students only or non-students allowed to lease?
SouthSide Commons is exclusively for Lehigh University Juniors, Seniors and Grad Students. There will only be students living at SouthSide Commons.
Will there be CAs?
Yes, SouthSide Commons will have Community Assistants located throughout the community. The CAs will be focused on community development and are available for lock-outs, after hour emergencies, programming and general administrative support for the building.
Will you send me a bill for each installment? How can it be paid?
We do not send any type of invoice for rent. However, after the first installment that is due on July 15, 2019, all remaining rent is will be due on the first of the month starting September 1, 2019. Rent is considered late after 10:00 AM on the 5th. Rent can be paid online on our resident/guarantor portal or a check can be sent or dropped off at the office.
Would I be able to sign a lease now for the 2020-2011 lease term?
We can start early leasing for 2020-21. The process is slightly different, please email bethlehem@edrtrust.com for more information.

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