Off-Campus Housing

Location
Sacramento, CA
Undergrads
20,625
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have only seen the outside of the off campus housing and they look nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Gated community and modern apartments with TWO BATHROOMS

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have very little experience renting off campus housing.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I am a local so housing has not really been an issue for me. I haven't had any experiences with the dorms. I have seen ads looking for roommates and they are pretty reasonable. Safety could use some improvement. There is an apartment complex down the street that has decent parking. Though I think there are a lot of auto break-ins in that area.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of housing close to campus.

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  • 45th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hilton Collins
Major
English
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There's something liberating about having your own apartment, even when it's frustrating. Sacramento has a lot of them to choose from, but they all have negative factors in common: bills and ever-increasing rent. Living on your own comes with new freedoms and a truckload of hassles. The average rent in Sacramento increases slowly but steadily, and college-student paychecks don't rise to keep up with it, so in most cases, expect to have a roommate or two. And then, on top of rent, you have to worry about food, utilities, and gas. California has some of the most expensive gas in the country.

Several people recommend, sometimes jokingly, to stay with your parents as long as you can if you happen to come from nearby. Most younger Sac State students went to high school in or around the Sacramento area, so this is a popular option. It doesn't really do too much for you, though, if you're ready to leave your teenage life (and your parents) behind for a more adult lifestyle. Just remember: Beggars can't be choosers. When times are tough and you're strapped for cash, pride might have to be the first thing to go. You may find yourself living like a little kid all over again under Mom and Dad's roof. If this isn't an option for you, get a good part-time job and learn to be wise with your paychecks—you're going to need them.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
94%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
71%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,090
Best Time to Look for a Place
A month or two before the semester starts
Popular Areas
  • Cadillac Drive
  • Fulton Avenue
  • Howe Avenue
  • Hurley Way
  • La Riviera Drive
Average Rents
  • Studio: $685
  • 1 BR: $760
  • 2 BR: $925
  • 3 BR: $1,250

Student Polls

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

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  • 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 122 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.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% 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 122 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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