Students should carefully inspect an apartment for its physical conditions, personal safety and security features, parking facilities, and other amenities to satisfy themselves before leasing an apartment. You should also review all the rules and regulations (including those pertaining to security deposit and its refund) from your potential landlord.
Student Legal Services is also an excellent resource for legal information to learn your rights. To find out more about your rights and the landlord/tenant laws contact Mr. Steve Davis in the Student Legal Services Department at Eastern Illinois University via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (217) 581-6054.
Interested in learning more about your rights as a tenant from the State of Illinois? Check out the "Landlord and Tenant Rights and Laws" document from the Illinois Attorney General's Office at: http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/landlordtenantrights0404.pdf