New to Town? Hook Up Your Place

The start of each MTSU semester finds many ’Boro newcomers trying to familiarize themselves with the town.

Need some help finding out who to contact to help you get settled in? Here’s a guide to get the basic necessities at your new place.


To get electricity turned on at your new home you’ll have to visit the Murfreesboro Electric Department in person. It’s located at 205 North Walnut St., and you can drop in between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Remember to bring two forms of identification, including one photo ID.

There will be a $50 connection fee tacked on to your first bill, and they’ll check your credit history to determine what kind of deposit you’ll need to put down. If they determine you’re no risk, no deposit will be necessary, but if you’re a moderate risk they’ll ask for $150, and if you’re a high risk it will be $300. ##M:{read more]##

The deposit may be refunded after a full year of paying your bill on time while staying at the same address.


A few apartment complexes in town handle water service on their own, through independent agencies. For everyone else, you’ll need to visit the customer service desk at the Murfreesboro Water and Sewer department offices, located at 111 West Vine St.

They’ll charge you a $25 non-refundable activation fee and require you to show a photo ID. If you make a request before 3 p.m., they’ll usually have your water turned on the same day. A $45 charge will be added for any after-hours activation request.

Trash Service

Most apartment complexes provide trash service. For those living in houses, trash service is included in your property tax bill. To get your city-provided trash cart and find out about your trash pickup schedule, call the Solid Waste Department at 893-3681.

Cable and Internet

Comcast provides cable and Internet service to most of Murfreesboro. They have several different packages of varying prices, so it’s probably best to visit their Web site (comcast.com) or give them a call at (866) 571-1276 to find out which package is best for you.

Alone, full basic cable will cost you about $50 a month and broadband Internet access will cost you $60 a month. Or, you can grab their Triple Play package, which provides cable, Internet and phone service for about $99 a month.


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