Leasing Information for the 2010-2011 School Year


How to lease an apartment in Conquest for the 2010-2011 School Year:

Due to the high demand for Conquest Student Housing, we lease our apartments on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All prospective residents interested in renting one of our apartments must follow the simple two step process described below:

Step 1- Complete the paperwork:

To rent an apartment from Conquest, you and your roommates each must complete the following documents. 

1.  Application (two pages filled out by student) -  Don’t leave any blank spaces

2.  Continuing Guarantee (two pages filled out, signed and notarized by a parent)
       (OR a copy of your I-20 if you are an international student)

(Files in PDF format that can be filled-in, Get Adobe Acrobat Reader Here)

These documents can be downloaded by clicking on the links above, or can be picked up at our office anytime
Monday thru Friday between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm or Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You and your roommates each need to complete your own set of documents.  

Once you finish the application and continuing guarantee, you may bring them to our office during normal business hours or fax them to us at (805) 880-0406 or email them in PDF format to patty@ConquestHousing.com

We will review the documents to make sure everything is filled-in correctly.  If everything is done right, we will put your paperwork and all of your roommates’ paperwork in a file together, and you will immediately be able to choose and sign for the apartment you desire.   
 
Step 2 - Sign your lease:

Once your paperwork has been approved, you will be able to sign your lease.  We cannot hold any apartments; so until the apartment is signed for, it will still be up for grabs.

All residents on the lease must be present at the lease signing.  If you have a roommate who cannot be present, the other members of the group can sign the lease and add that person to the lease at a later date.    

At the lease signing, each person on the lease will need to bring a valid ID, a $30 application fee payable to Conquest Student Housing (no cash), and the security deposit payable to “Conquest Student Housing”.  The security deposit will be equal to one month’s rent and must be a separate check (made payable to “Conquest Student Housing”) from the application fee.  The security deposit will be used for damages and cleaning only, and will be refunded at move out.  The application fee and security deposit can be paid by credit card as well.  See the "acceptable forms of payment" section in the FAQs below for payment options.

2009-2010 School Year

We are completely sold out for the 2009-2010 school year.  If you are interested in living with us for the 2009-2010 school year, please check our roommate finder page to find students who are looking for a roommate or looking for someone to take over their lease due to early graduation, studying abroad, etc.

We can help!

We know that securing housing can be a stressful process, and we are here to help.  If you or your parents have any questions, please call or email one of us at the office and we will be glad to answer your questions about the leasing process, the paperwork, the Conquest philosophy, our properties, or anything else.  If you are worried about completing your paperwork correctly, feel free to bring it in at anytime, and we will make sure everything is correct so that you can sign for the apartment you want with no delay.   

Once you understand the leasing process, please read the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) listed below.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When can I come see a place?

Come by the office at 6672 Abrego Road, Suite A (at Breakpointe) anytime Monday thru Friday between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm or Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  One of our staff members will be happy to give you a full tour of any of our properties, including apartment interiors and common areas.  In addition, this website features virtual tours of the apartments and fitness centers, building photo slideshows, building layouts, parking plans and floor plans for every single apartment type as well.  

I want to sign a lease with Conquest, but I am not able to come to the office in person.  Can I still sign a lease?

Yes, leases can be signed via email.  Start by filling out your Application and Continuing Guarantee.  You can fax or email your completed Application and Notarized Continuing Guarantee to our office.  Once they have been received and approved, you will need to pay your application fee of $30 per student and security deposit (equal to one month's rent).  Paying this is usually easiest when done by credit card.  Once payment is received, we will email you your lease.  You will then need to sign your lease and email or fax it back to us, and you will be all set! 
Please note that this is for new lease signings only, and not for lease changes.

What are my chances of receiving an apartment with Conquest Student Housing?

Because there is such high demand for the Conquest properties as well as the Isla Vista area in general, we strongly encourage students to come in and sign for a lease as soon as possible.  Make sure you are prepared for your lease signing, as we sell out very quickly every year!

Do I have to go through the same process every year to get housing with Conquest?

No way!  Once you are in the Conquest system, you never have to go through the process again.  You have first priority at staying in your apartment for the following school year.  If you choose not to stay in your apartment, you have first priority at switching into a different apartment in any of the existing Conquest buildings or any new Conquest building under development.  You will also receive preferential pricing.

Being in the Conquest system guarantees that you will have housing in any of our buildings that you choose for the remainder of your time at UCSB.  Even, if you go abroad, or leave school for a couple of years, you will still remain in the system and be able to choose the apartment you want before the public has an opportunity to. In short, you will only have to go through the system one time to become a member of the "Conquest Family."

Is there a limit on how many people can live in an apartment at Conquest?

Studio - up to 3 people
1 Bedroom - up to 3 people
2 Bedroom - up to 5 people
3 Bedroom - up to 7 people
 
What costs are there in addition to my rent (what is included and what’s not)?


Rent includes parking, Ethernet, HDTV Ready Dish Network Television (1 receiver included), and trash pick up.  Residents pay for all utilities (power, water/sewer, gas and phone). 

How much will my utility bills be?

Please take a look at this survey to help you get an idea of how much utilities will cost. 

Do I have to have roommates to live in Conquest?

Nope.  You can live in a 3-bedroom all by yourself, or share a studio if you prefer.  The rent charge per apartment does not change.  The cost is dramatically different in both situations, and is up to you to decide.  

Do I have to be a UCSB student to live in your buildings?

Nope. Anyone can live with us. Leasing is done the same way for everyone.  Conquest Student Housing is an equal opportunity housing provider. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, or disability.

Does my apartment come furnished?


We have 1 furnished two-bedroom apartment at Coronado.  Otherwise, all of the apartments at Breakpointe and Coronado are unfurnished and it is up to you to buy or rent furniture.  To purchase, you should check out Brook Furniture Rental.

We also suggest Ikea (catalog ordering) & Costco (which requires a membership, but is worth it).  Costco is located very close by at 7095 Market Place Drive (805-685-4461).

It is expensive to rent furniture for a long period of time, so if you plan on keeping it for a year or more, you should probably purchase your own.  However, for the short term, or if you just don’t want to deal with the headache of purchasing, moving and storing furniture, check out the link below for a company that rents furniture:

Click here for CORT furniture rental

What if I don't have roommates yet? Can I sign now and add them later?

Yes.  You will need to come in with the entire security deposit and sign for the apartment. Your new roommates will still be required to have all the same paperwork that you had before we can add them.  But, keep in mind there is a $100 transfer fee EACH time you change the lease, and all roommates must come in together to resign.   

Can boys and girls live together?


Sure.

What is all this “required paperwork" and what other details are important?

Application: 2 pages to be filled out by the student.  Don’t leave any blank spaces.

Continuing Guarantee: This form needs to be filled out and signed by your parent or legal guardian of whom should be financially solid, and notarized to be valid . Basically, it says that if you are unable to pay your rent, your parents will be responsible to back you up. It does not matter how old you are, EVERY person needs to have a continuing guarantee or co-signer.

The Security Deposit: The Security Deposit: The amount of the deposit is equal to one months rent, and is used for cleaning and damages only.  The deposit will be refunded within 21 days of move-out, as provided by California state law.

Acceptable forms of Payment: Personal Check (made out to Conquest Student Housing), Cashier's Check, Traveler's Check, Money Order. We do accept credit cards, but remember RentPayment charges a flat fee for their services. All funds have to be in U.S. Dollars drawn from a Bank in the United States.  Also, note that RentPayment now allows you to pay rent via their new RentByText system!  Sorry, No Cash!

What’s a notary? How do I get something notarized?

It’s a person who stamps your Continuing Guarantee to verify that your parents or co-signer (and not your little brother or your roommate) signed it. Your parents will know how to find one (at a bank, post office, or their company).  If it’s not notarized, we won't accept it.

What about pets?

We DO NOT allow dogs or birds in any of the Conquest apartments, no exceptions. You can have an aquarium (limit 10 gallons), or a cat. Keep in mind however, that more money will be taken out of your security deposit for flea cleaning, deodorizing and/or carpet replacement.  There is an additional deposit required for having a cat. 

What will my new lease look like - can I see it before I sign it?

Yes you can.  Please click to see a sample lease.  This lease is identical to the one you will be signing.

What happens when someone sends me a package?

The US Post Office, UPS, FedEx, etc. will try to deliver the package directly to your apartment.  If there is nobody home to sign for it, they will bring it to the Conquest office.  When we receive it, we will send you an email letting you know that you have a package.  You will have 3 days to come pick it up from us.  After 3 days, the item will be returned to sender if it has not been picked up.  If the items being shipped are fruit, flowers or some other item that needs to be kept cool, we will keep it in our cooler for you as a courtesy.


What happens if we decide to cancel our lease after we’ve signed?


There will be no cancellation after the lease is signed.  If you notify us of your intent to cancel, we will actively attempt to find someone to take over the apartment. When we find someone, we will keep your entire security deposit, and release you from your lease obligation. If we DON’T find anyone,  you will be responsible to pay rent under the terms of the lease until we are able to find someone.  

What happens if I have an emergency maintenance request after office hours?

If it is an extreme emergency such as a flooded apartment, a gas leak, or a fire, call the office and follow the directions to be connected to an on-call manager.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle emergencies.  We are also available 24/7 to let you into your apartment if you have been locked out and are unable to get a hold of your roommates.  Your first lock out is free, but every lockout thereafter will have a fee of $25.  For medical or other serious emergencies, please dial 911.

Still haven't found a place to live?


Residents (interested in finding someone to take over their lease due to studying abroad, graduating early, etc) may post a notice on the "ROOMMATES" page, in which students can contact each other directly. 


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Revised: February 17, 2010