Off-Campus Housing

Brunswick, ME
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus. I've been to one house off-campus, but it was very nice, spacious and clean. I've strongly considered living off-campus after seeing that one house.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is no reason to live off campus at Bowdoin unless you are a smelly hipster.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen choose to live in college-owned housing because it is nicer than alternative options

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost nobody lives off campus because the on campus housing is so good.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Available and Good, but Not Necessary – Most students choose campus housing because it is so nice and rather convenient. However, there are several houses in town that 3-6 students will rent together, which can mean much cheaper housing than on-campus room fees. However, if you're going to live off-campus, you have to get on finding a house early on. Don't wait until the last minute or your options will be limited!

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  • 1312nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danica Loucks
Hamilton, Mont.
Probably Sociology and German
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To encourage a close relationship between everyone, Bowdoin requires that students live on campus for at least the first two years of college. After that, the College doesn't especially promote that students live off campus, but students can conduct their own off-campus housing search via Craigslist, the local newspaper, or bulletin boards throughout campus. Apartments and houses can be found anywhere from right down the street to 20 minutes away in Bath. Students who live off campus often feel the need to have their own car for getting to and from school, but some nice locations and streets are directly connected to Maine Street and within walking and biking distance.

Living off campus gives students an increased sense of independence and a chance to become more immersed in the community. Often, students live together to share the rent of an apartment, which results in cheaper housing costs per person. Also, student who live off campus have the option of getting partial meal plans and Polar Points to be used at on-campus dining facilities. In general, although there are many on-campus housing options and living on campus is encouraged to foster the idea of a "residential college," there are very pleasant options for living outside of the Bowdoin Bubble, if a student chooses.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Any time after your first two years on campus (when you're required to live on campus).
Popular Areas
On streets perpendicular to Maine Street, close to campus.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $885
  • 3 BR: $950
Did You Know?
One advantage of off-campus housing is that some places allow dogs or cats, a privilege not afforded to students living on campus. Keep in mind, though, that a Bowdoin student's schedule isn't exactly conducive to leisurely walks in the park with a pooch.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 26 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 27 responses

  • 41% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 30% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 15% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% 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 26 responses

  • 65% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 27% Somewhat helpful.
  • 8% Extremely helpful.
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