Finding off-campus housing is simply not as big of an issue at Davidson as at other schools, as over 90% of students remain on campus all four years, and college housing is guaranteed the entire time to any student who wants it. Still, a number of upperclassmen will seek off-campus permission each semester, usually to save money, have more living space, or simply escape campus. Some students warn that moving off campus often causes students to lose social contact with all the “happenings” at Davidson. For some this is a big problem, while others couldn’t care less.
Because off-campus living is never a consideration for the majority of Davidson students, many just assume there aren’t many good options out there. Those that actually look for housing wind up finding plenty of possibilities, however, and virtually all of them are less expensive than on-campus, college-owned apartments. In addition, the area surrounding Davidson is currently experiencing a building boom, and apartments are becoming easier and easier to find. The Depot Apartments are a perennial favorite. A whole new neighborhood of houses with one-bedroom units over the garages recently opened off Concord Road, just minutes from campus, and many of these units have already been leased to college students. So far, there haven’t been too many noise complaints.