Off-Campus Housing

Waco, TX
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a dorm so I don't really know how the quality of the off-campus housing is.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: you can find an affordable place close by if you do your research

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: All in all, Baylor would like for all of their student body to live in on-campus housing. They have wonderful on-campus dorms and apartments but not nearly enough for the entire student body and the strict on-campus rules deter people from that lifestyle. They do not encourage off-campus living except for an annual housing fair that is 2 hours long during the school day. Off-campus housing is plentiful, there is a wide variety of apartments and houses to choose from. Everything from hundred year old houses to brand new apartments. The campus is far from the grocery store and the public transportation in Waco is lacking. There are at least 5 incidents of armed robbery or gunshots within the vicinity of the campus where the majority of students live. You can be perfectly fine as long as you are well aware of your surroundings, but Waco is not the safest place.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its much cheaper than dorm room prices

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: only lived on campus so far


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  • 29th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Teni Odunsi
San Antonio, TX
Environmental Studies
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early spring semester
Popular Areas
  • 19 Eleven Condos
  • Baylor Plaza II
  • Behrens Lofts
  • Casa Linda
  • Casablanca
  • Quadrangle
  • River Crest
  • Studio 20
  • The Centre
  • University Place
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $700
  • Studio: $400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 124 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 125 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 2% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 37% 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 124 responses

  • 27% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.
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