Off-Campus Housing

Washington, DC
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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most people try to live off campus there junior and senior year. There have been new apartments near campus that most people are trying to live in but right now they are very expensive. Living off campus can be tricky because of the safety risk because the area surrounding Catholic is not always the best.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few options. Some are more expensive than others. It really depends on what you want, but sometimes it's your only choice if you're an upperclassman and you ended up with a poor lottery number.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The houses off campus are spacious and pretty and with the new market place shops its easy to walk to food now, but the neighborhood is still not the safest.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to find or expensive.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: it is really the luck of the draw with off campus housing.


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  • 981st
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Frankie Bustamante
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The Brookland neighborhood is not the prettiest, and therefore, does not have the prettiest houses, but it's not the ugliest area, either. Most students residing off campus are more than satisfied with their living conditions. Also, the apartments are generally nice and spacious inside. But at this point, students are just looking forward to the autonomy and freedom associated with living off campus, which after at least two years of living with residential assistants and abiding by "quiet hours" and no liquor rules is a breath of fresh air.

But students renting homes along campus beware: The University exercises power over students by putting "problem houses" on probation, and if neighbors complain about late-night partying and undesirable behavior, the University will take action. It hardly seems fair, but rules are rules, right? But even with that seemingly intrusive practice, the University is pretty helpful to students who need housing by hosting off-campus housing fairs and providing search tools for students. And really, if worse comes to worse, D.C. is a big enough city for someone to find a decently priced, decently equipped apartment.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start looking during the fall semester of sophomore year, to prep up a good Plan B should their lottery number be too low for housing selection in the spring.
Popular Areas
  • Brookland neighborhood houses
  • The Cloisters apartment complex
  • The Towers, an apartment community in Hyattsville, Maryland
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,000
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • 3 BR: $1,700

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 28 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 39% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 46% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% 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

  • 36% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 25% Extremely helpful.
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