Moving off campus is not much more expensive. In some cases it’s actually cheaper depending on where you live. It can provide more space, a full kitchen, private bathrooms, no chaperoning, and total freedom concerning company. Living off campus at Baylor is part of the college experience. Baylor’s on-campus housing isn’t that bad, but the majority of students complete their requisite freshman year there and split for the surrounding apartments. It’s not hard to find something acceptable; in fact, the majority of the apartments near campus have revamped their services and are now affordable and nice.
All the apartments around campus are, at most, a few blocks more to walk than living in the dorms. A new parking garage was constructed right in the middle of all the off-campus housing as Baylor continues to gobble up the land surrounding campus. Housing isn’t hard to find, though Waco has a lot of “slum lords.” If you want to live really cheap, and don’t mind a short commute (ten to fifteen minutes), then you can live outside the streets closest to campus (i.e., the Baylor bubble). The rents are cheaper, but as Waco's safety and environment can be questionable, so most students opt to stay in the Baylor Bubble. The best part about a student body that almost lives entirely off campus is that no matter where you live, you’re bound to be surrounded by other students. Complexes such as the Outpost, University Parks, Baylor Plaza, and the new, fully furnished complex known as the Grove are notorious for housing almost nothing but students, so it’s not that different from living in the dorms—you just won’t have a camp counselor or have to share your bathroom with fifty other people.