Off-Campus Housing

Worcester, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If the added independence is what you are looking for then there will definetely be housing that suits you.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing can vary, but they are some good off campus houses near Clark.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing isn't necessarily pretty, and sometimes your landlord might get arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, but close to campus housing is plentiful, the houses are mostly the kitschy-cute Worcester triple-deckers, and rent only costs $350 a month. As a college student, what more could you ask for?

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off-campus, but it can be cheaper. Off-campus isn't the safest neighborhood though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments around campus are amazing, and close by. It's nice that we have the option to get off campus a little bit, even though most of the time, they are basically part of campus anyway. I just like the newly refurbished old tri-levels.


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Angela Wu
Bellevue, WA
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If you want to stay on campus all four years, Clark will not force you to leave. In fact, the longer you are at Clark, the better chance you have of getting a prime spot in one of the dorms or houses. But, if more freedom is what you desire, off-campus housing lies right around the perimeter of campus and can be quite affordable. By some calculations, the price of living off campus is equal to that of staying in the dorms. By others, it costs more due to the fact that you now have to pay for your own utilities, including gas or electric heat, which can become a greater cost than your monthly rent during the cold winter months. Students complain that the landlords in the area can be hit-or-miss. Some are very strict and easily angered, while others are almost nonexistent as long as you pay the rent on time. However, the latter situation can become a problem as soon as something in the apartment needs fixing, and the landlord is nowhere to be found.

Despite the problems with off-campus housing, many Clarkies consider it to be a fair trade for their personal freedom. Students in off-campus houses can, and often do, throw parties on the weekends without fear of being written up by an RA. They can drink or smoke wherever and whenever they want. And, perhaps best of all, they can cook their own food in their own kitchen and shower in their own bathroom, instead of having to walk down the hall carrying their pots and pans or shampoo and conditioner. Many of the apartments around Clark also allow students to park their cars in a driveway or directly in front of the apartment for no additional charge. For students who lack a car, many apartments are only five minutes away from campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Beaver Street
  • Florence Street
  • Grand Street (The Royal Worcester Apartment Complex)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $900
  • 4 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 26 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 27 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 44% 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 27 responses

  • 15% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 74% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Extremely helpful.
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