Off-Campus Housing

Location
Mount Vernon, IA
Undergrads
1,171
Tuition
$34,705
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nearly everyone lives on campus and there's not much choice for off-campus and hard to do.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: People do not really live off campus, mostly because the town is so small. It is not exactly that it is frowned upon by the school, its just usually easier to live on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cornell College does not have many off-campus housing options. It is a very small town so most of the housing options are on campus. However, Cornell has been buying as much property as possible so there is more campus housing, such as old houses and they just bought an apartment complex last year. However, since they are buying the properties it is still considered on campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Unless you're a senior or live in the area you must live on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1296th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin McNeill
Hometown
Foristell, MO
Major
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
10%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
1%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,730
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 31 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 27 responses

  • 41% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 26% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 30% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 4% 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 31 responses

  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 32% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 29% Somewhat helpful.
  • 3% Extremely helpful.

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