A lot of students decide to live in apartments close to campus instead of paying the extra few thousand dollars to live in the newly-established dorms. Students may live in apartments with roommates or sublet from a family. A lot of homes include basements, and there are several families who will rent their basements out to students to make some extra income. Though it is of course convenient to live on campus, students also must abide by regulations in the dorms, and students who do not and are caught (drinking, for example) face serious consequences.
Depending on the size of the apartment, rent ranges from about $350 to $750 plus utilities for students who share an apartment. The lower end generally applies to those who share a room, as well. The off-campus housing in terms of availability, cost, process, landlords, parking, proximity to campus, public transportation, quality, safety, and variety are all pretty decent at QC. The Queens staff encourages students to live in the dorms on campus, although they are not very helpful to students who prefer to live in a house or apartment close to campus. There is a large selection of off-campus options, and students take advantage by paying decent amounts while still being close to campus. This seems to be the best way of living at QC, for those not necessarily looking for a dorm experience.