Off-Campus Housing

Sherman, TX
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing will change your entire outlook on life. If you think you've experienced freedom outside of college, think again! This place has all sorts of cool houses for all kinds of cool cats. Who knows what sorts of kooky adventures you'll get into when you take your first steps off the college green? You can barely smell the vomit!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I consider cottages off campus even though they are technically right next to campus, but cottages are still very pricey, but they are convenient especially if you do not have a car. They are very poorly built, but they are still much nicer than some off campus houses that are ridiculously old and in areas that are not very safe

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: lots of rent houses at great prices near the school

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm currently living in campus still so I don't know exactly how to rate off campus living. Although I do have friends who love off campus and they all do say it's worth it and not too bad to apply for.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not Many Options That Are Safe and Affordable – The off-campus housing around our campus is difficult.


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  • 204th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Graes
Granbury, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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All AC students are required to live on campus for six semesters (four semesters for transfer students), so by the time their senior year rolls around, most students are champing at the bit to get the chance to live off campus. It is exciting to venture out of the bubble of Austin College. Though on campus housing does come with the benefits of meals and cleaning services, most students agree that escaping the Residence Life staff and gaining some personal freedom is much needed after being under the watchful eye of the college for three years. It is possible that living off campus can even save you money; it just depends on where you choose to set up house. Either way, the freedom of it all makes it all worth it.

AC is in the midst of residential neighborhoods that have countless houses to rent, beging for student use, and since students can only live off campus their last year, there is constant turnover in the rental market. There are a few duplexes within a block of campus, and most other options, including affordable duplexes and houses that are rented by students every year, are within three or four blocks of the school. Most of the students who live in these neighborhoods walk to class. Students who live in some of the apartment buildings further off campus have to drive to campus. Many students visit their friends off campus and end up renting their houses when they move out. The quality of off-campus housing depends greatly on who lived there before you. Other than a few houses and duplexes used as party houses, many of the rental duplexes are new or freshly renovated. There are many houses that don’t look like much from the outside but are great inside, and if you're lucky, you might get a landlord who is an AC graduate or an AC professor who will give you a great rate.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The majority of students start looking in the spring semester of their junior year. The later you wait in the year, the harder it is to find a place with reasonable rent.
Popular Areas
Most students who rent live in the neighborhood surrounding College property in duplexes and houses. The most popular communities of rental housing are to the east of campus on Brents or Harrison. Some students live farther south of campus on or near Mulberry, while the school-owned houses are north of campus on Dorchester.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $850
  • 3 BR house: $900
Did You Know?
  • Many students rent houses or duplexes that their friends have lived in previously. They visit them when they live off campus, and take over when their friends move out.
  • You can get special summer rates on duplexes and houses if you are staying in Sherman over the summer.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

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

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 32% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 37 responses

  • 65% Not very helpful.
  • 5% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 30% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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