Off-Campus Housing

Location
Hamilton, NY
Undergrads
2,850
Tuition
$44,640
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only a handful of seniors get to live off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some apartments in town and houses near campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The townhouses are pretty far from everything and can be inconvenient to go to but there are plenty of apartments near town and houses.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only seniors can live off campus but the houses that I have been in so far are very nice and spacious.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: May have some privacy and no bothering from campo/RA but that is it.
not so close to the campus and without a car, it gets inconvenient.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1270th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
Hometown
New Franklin, Ohio
Major
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
2013
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For starters, Colgate guarantees its students four years of housing on campus; it also requires two-thirds of the graduating class to live in on-campus houses. This gets tricky because in addition to your standard residence halls, Colgate owns and maintains nine Greek houses and numerous special-interest houses, including the Positive Sexuality House, the outdoor interest house (the Loj), and a wellness house, among others. So when it comes to off-campus housing, it mainly consists of the senior class being given permission through the off-campus lottery to live in a community-member-owned apartment or house. Students are fairly divided on the benefits of off-campus housing, mostly because Colgate provides both a number of on-campus options and significant obstructions to living off campus if you’re not among the students selected in the lottery.

The benefit to living off campus lies with the freedom gained from Campus Safety’s walk-throughs and more or less lying outside of Colgate’s jurisdiction. And while the downtown apartments are closer to downtown, you trade parking for this proximity—there is far less of it available off campus. There is a limited number of rentals available, and most students begin looking and signing leases during the first semester of sophomore year. While the jury is out on the benefits of off-campus housing, those who end up taking the plunge are typically glad they did.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
9%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students start signing leases during their sophomore year on campus, but make sure you get a refundable deposit or you may be out a significant chunk of change when the off-campus lottery rolls around junior year.
Popular Areas
  • Apartments downtown above local merchants
  • Lebanon Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $575
  • 2 BR: $880
Did You Know?
Many apartments and houses are passed down year to year among fraternity and sorority members, so ask around to see if you can get a lock on a property.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 44 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 45 responses

  • 18% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 31% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 44% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% 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 42 responses

  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 5% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 7% Extremely helpful.
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