Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing really varies at Dartmouth. There are some beautiful houses with spacious rooms and clean, working facilities (bathroom and kitchen) but there are also others that are very badly looked after, where students are paying bills unworthy of the house. The problem is that very few landlords own most of the off-campus property, so they end up having a monopoly.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus and never plan to nor do I know of anyone who does.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is what it is. You don't need off campus housing because the dorms and greek houses are great to live in, but if you really want to live off campus it's there. One universally hated landlord controls something like 60% of real estate in town and is under investigation by the FBI. Perhaps things will improve if she's arrested.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I never lived off campus--don't have much experience on the subject

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live on campus all four years so I really do not know much about off-campus housing.


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  • 1290th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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While many students live off campus for a term or two, especially during Sophomore Summer, there’s no mass exodus from the dorms come junior fall like at many other schools. The choices in off-campus housing are limited—students can take their pick of one of the many small apartments adjacent to campus or a rental home somewhere in residential Hanover. Most off-campus living situations are within walking distance of campus, although in the dead of winter it might be a good idea to have your car deiced and ready for the morning commute to class.

Off-campus housing varies widely in terms of price and quality. In many cases, you’ll be lucky to find anything on the open market that closely rivals the package deal—value, convenience, and amenities—you get living on campus. Plus, campus enforcement policies on things like room parties and pregaming is just lax enough that you’ll probably be able to squeak by under the radar until you turn 21. But, more than anything else, it’s a desire for a more independent, adult-like lifestyle that ultimately motivates students to seek off-campus housing for their senior year. For many students, the main appeal of off-campus housing is the chance to spend quality time with close friends in a more intimate setting after true friendships have been firmly established and the campus social scene has lost some of its meretricious luster.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Generally a year in advance
Popular Areas
  • Lebanon Street
  • School Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $850
  • 3 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 30% Somewhat helpful.
  • 59% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 39% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 32% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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