Off-Campus Housing

Brunswick, ME
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You might as well live on campus--you get stuff cleaned for you and if anything breaks down they will fix it! Plus, if you're on financial aid it covers housing, so you'd be an idiot to pay extra to live off-campus if that's you. Also, housing is pretty awesome even after the first year, so no worries about not having room/not getting a single if that's your bag.

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I never had any experience with off-campus housing.

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


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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 28 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 29 responses

  • 45% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 28% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 14% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% 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 28 responses

  • 64% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 29% Somewhat helpful.
  • 7% Extremely helpful.
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