Off-Campus Housing

Mount Vernon, IA
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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any experience in off campus housing myself, and am not close to very many people who live off campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a house. Its pretty affordable and very close to campus. Been living there for 2 years, coming back next year.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cornell has about 95% of the students live on campus, including myself, so I have not and do not plan on looking into off-campus living. I am familiar with a few people who do not live on campus who enjoy it, but I do not know any more details.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only seniors or students with special circumstances are allowed to live off campus, so it's not really a big thing here.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't do it because I need to live near the academic buildings, but I'ver heard living off-campus can be great if that's what you're into.


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  • 1296th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin McNeill
Foristell, MO
Sociology/Anthropology, English
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If you’re imagining college life in your own apartment, then Cornell is not the place for you. Students are required to live on campus unless they win a slot in the senior lottery or have special circumstances, including being married or having children.

For those students who do live off campus, the selection of housing available is slim pickings, particularly since the Cedar Rapids flood in 2008. You definitely get what you pay for, and the cheaper places tend to be older, less clean and have landlords who don’t care as much about their tenants. However, compared to rent in a city, prices in small-town Iowa are definitely on the cheaper end of the spectrum. Most places are within walking distance, which is good because parking along the street or in visitors’ lots is limited.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
If you are approved to live off campus, the best time to start looking is the previous spring before you want to move in. A lot of landlords use current tenants to find renters for the following year, so get in good with friends who have apartments in town.
Popular Areas
The closer to campus, the better-because parking for students who live off campus is extremely limited, and it's too cold to walk very far in the winter.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $325
  • 2 BR: $500
  • 3-4 BR (house): $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 34 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 31 responses

  • 39% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 26% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% 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 32 responses

  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 31% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 31% Somewhat helpful.
  • 3% Extremely helpful.


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