Off-Campus Housing

Birmingham, AL
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The housing of campus is fairly expensive and you run the risk of traffic.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never looked into off-campus housing at this school

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i'm going to do it next year if that counts for anything

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is no off campus housing unless you are a commuter student. All housing is on campus including apartments and many different dorms to choose from.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of students love on campus because it is more convenient.


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  • 1144th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kriti Mishra
Hoover, Ala.
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Most students never have to consider moving off campus, unless they find a cheaper option than the dorms; therefore, the number of off-campus students is very small in comparison to those who live on campus. The neighborhoods around the school are residential, but most of the places to live are family homes which are not really available for rent or conducive to college living. With the exception of one apartment complex right next to the school, which was recently purchased by the school and now known as the Hilltop Village Apartments, there are very few apartment complexes near campus. Also, due to the issue of safety, very few students consider living outside of the gates. Those students that live off campus live in other parts of the city, such as Southside, Homewood, Hoover, or Vestavia. There are tons of apartments in Birmingham; the catch is that they are all a fairly decent drive from campus. Traffic through the city is notoriously bad during rush hour, so commuter students are often at a disadvantage. If you're simply not interested in living in a dorm, then there are a few other options to consider before looking for a place off campus. There are student apartments that are owned by the school and are within the gates so that they receive excellent security. If you end up being involved with a Greek organization, each fraternity and sorority has its own house that upperclassmen can live in. By and large, it is the most convenient option to live on campus at Birmingham-Southern.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before first semester
Popular Areas
Cameron at the Summit
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $850
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 8 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 9 responses

  • 33% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 44% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 22% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% 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 9 responses

  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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