Off-Campus Housing

Detroit, MI
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I like living off campus because of the freedoms that come with it. The pros are that the housing selections are very close to campus. I walk to my classes everyday. The cost is exponentially lower than living on campus.

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College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I commute to school and the school is mid town Detroit so the housing can very depending on what part of town you wish to live in.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are cheaper and its close to school. Just its in a bad neighborhood

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is best when the student does ample research of options and selections. Due to the nature of the city the school is located, options and selections available is limited. Availability, convenience, cost, landlords, parking,safety,pros, and cons are all variable factors.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus so I wouldn't know


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  • 238th
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Natasha Guimond
Massena, NY
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There is a multitude of places to live in and around Detroit, but you have to weigh the pros and cons. You can stay in the city, close to campus, but if you can't afford a place with all the amenities, 24-hour security, off street parking, and all that jazz on your own, then you need to either bunk up with someone or move outside of the city. There are places that are completely affordable for just one person, but you'll probably be making a sacrifice or two. You may have park on the street, or you may not have 24-hour security. It all depends on what is more important to you.

Many students decide to live with other students and can therefore afford to live in some really beautiful places. Detroit has beautiful mansions that have been made affordable since the economic downturn. Landlords rent them out to students and professors alike.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
You should start looking as soon as possible. As great apartments are hard to find, you don't want to get stuck with something that you're unsure of, but don't jump the gun and pay too much for something either.
Popular Areas
There are a lot of great places to live near campus. The Park Shelton at the end of Kirby Street (a block away from the school) is always popular. Campus Village Apartments are great, too. Basically anything in the Midtown area is good. The New Center area is gaining in popularity, and if you can afford to live Downtown, all the power to you. Outside of the Detroit Proper, you'll find some hip places like Ferndale and Royal Oak. These are typically "young" cities that are on the outskirts that require at least a 15-20 minute drive depending on where exactly you live. These two places have a whole life of their own and are considered to be safer, but as always, you should still have your guard up! They are both really hip with a slightly higher rent. Hamtramck and Dearborn are also gaining in popularity, with cheaper rent than Ferndale and Royal Oak.
Average Rents
  • Studio: $650
  • 1 BR: $850
  • 2 BR: $1,100
  • Loft: $1,275

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 33 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 34 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 26% 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 34 responses

  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 3% Extremely helpful.
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