Off-Campus Housing

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
3,694
Tuition
$36,320
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: My off campus housing was nice in redone apartments, but the neighborhood is scary and I had friends who lived in row-homes that weren't too great.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Have not used off-campus housing.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Bad neighborhood and the rent is insane. I live outside DC and do a short commute and it's so much better.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Being a Freshman I have little knowledge of the off camps housing situation.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you want to find housing outside of CUA, it's not hard but you're on your own. I don't think the school helps with any kind of apartment hunting. There's options in DC and around Brookland, but Brookland's a bad area and I've heard horror stories. It might be a good option, though, to live off campus and might actually be cheaper than the cost of living at CUA.

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  • 981st
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
Major
Politics
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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
41%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
13%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$14,274
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 23 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 23 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.
  • 43% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% 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 23 responses

  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 30% Somewhat helpful.
  • 30% Extremely helpful.
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