Off-Campus Housing

Provo, UT
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing has to be approved by the school, which lessens its availability and variety. But there are lists available of all BYU approved housing options with the numbers of the renting offices included. And the housing market is competitive, so the prices are decent.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people, a lot of friends can be made and very diverse

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There seems to be a lot of options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's hard to say more. Really housing is alright price-wise. But because there is a housing monopoly (I.E. BYU students can only lived in approved housing) it feels like land lords don't really care to make the place attractive.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living in off campus housing is a real struggle, mostly because, unless you are married, you are required to live in BYU approved housing. If you want to live in off campus housing, you have to apply. If you are declined, you then have to pay a fee.


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Caitlin Bronson
Graham, Wash.
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It is required that all unmarried BYU students live in BYU-approved housing and abide by University housing rules (although there are exceptions granted for those living with family, students over 25, and graduate students). This means that your choices for housing are limited to what BYU deems okay. Not to worry, though—most of the housing in Provo is BYU-approved. Off-campus housing is known for being very social and usually a lot of fun. You get what you pay for; if you want cheap rent, don’t expect to live in a palace. Because BYU students have to live in approved housing, landlords tend to raise the rent each year, knowing that the housing will be filled.

Be sure to research a place thoroughly before you move in. Talk to people that have lived there: do they like it? Is the management good? How is maintenance done? There is also an Off-Campus Housing Office that can tell you where housing is available. They also can step in to help resolve disputes, should any arise. The housing varies so widely that it is difficult to put just one grade on it. Some is so trashy it seems that they should pay you to live there, and some is not bad at all. This is just one area where you definitely want to do your homework before making any decisions.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early in the year. Around February or March if you're female, later if you're male.
Popular Areas
  • Condo Row
  • Liberty Park
  • Other big complexes like Riviera or Liberty Square
Average Rents
  • 2 BR: $625
  • 3 BR: $850
Did You Know?
  • BYU requires students living off campus to live by the BYU residential living standards. The University has a list of the following guidelines for students who live off campus: (1) Visitors of the opposite sex are only allowed in the living room and kitchen and are not allowed to use the bathroom; (2) Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 12 midnight, or 1:30 a.m. on Fridays; (3) Students must abide by the BYU Honor Code; (4) Students are expected to follow the dress code; (5) Students are responsible for keeping their guests to these guidelines.
  • BYU has approved 1,565 landlords and 5,785 living units for single students, and the University will inspect off-campus housing units for compliance upon request.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 219 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 219 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 2% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 48% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 50% 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 219 responses

  • 11% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 43% Extremely helpful.
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