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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived off-campus all along and I love it. You have to work a little extra hard to find a good place to live, but once you do, it's great to have that freedom.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options right around campus, but they all cost so much it's practically robbery. Off campus housing is often cheaper than on campus housing, but still ridiculously expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: on campus housing is not available so u must live off campus but there are some really nice and cheap apartments that are on bur route and less then half mile from school

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off campus housing selections close to school.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and tedious to deal with, but worth not worrying about the dry campus and awful food and RA's and all those housing and dining fees.


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  • 630th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Jesse MacDonald
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The two most popular places for students to live off campus include the Berkshire Apartments (Berks) and the Avalon at Foxhall apartments.

The Berks actually have a partnership with AU, where a certain number of units are available to students directly through the AU Housing and Dining Program. While it is not required to rent a Berk apartment through AU, it is much more reasonable than renting it directly from the Berks. The Avalon is more expensive than the Berks, and fewer AU students live here compared to the Berks.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
At least two months in advance-though the best apartment buildings fill up fast.
Popular Areas
  • Avalon at Foxhall
  • Berkshire Apartments
  • Friendship Heights
Average Rents
  • Studio: $800
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 4 BR: $2,900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 86 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 87 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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