Off-Campus Housing

Philadelphia, PA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus, but judging from the places my friends have lived, they get better deals than on-campus. Prices can be $300 cheaper, and the quality may be even better. The only risk is that there won't be Drexel Security around, and there's been a lot of armed robberies and other dangers off campus.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The school overbooks its dorms, and they partner with some off-campus places to help alleviate the flood of freshman in the dorms. They also have a website dedicated to help students find off-campus housing. Plus, places around here are decently priced if you live with a few other people. (I've lived about six different places since freshman year, so I know from experience)

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know anything about Off- campus housing.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lot of good places one or two blocks away from the college. Safety sucks!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live in off campus housing and don't really know


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  • 165th
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Marina Lamanna
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Grad Year
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University City has a wealth of houses and apartments for rent. The Powelton area alone is full of real estate. Be careful of shady landlords there, though. At times, they will try to take advantage of students that aren't real estate-savvy. Students should be wary of these types. The off-campus housing office gives out pamphlets with help on this subject. Sleazy landlords aside, there are some nice places in the area. With a bunch of roommates, students can move into a big, old house that has hardwood floors and fireplaces, or get an apartment in a high-rise or a section of a house. Apartments in high-rises like Chestnut Hall, the Left Bank, and Campus Apartments tend to be very expensive, though.

The quantity of students in University City can be a double-edged sword. While there are many students all looking for cheap, off-campus housing, there are also many students willing to sublet their apartments while studying abroad. Students must keep in mind that they should start the apartment hunt early. They should start looking in the winter before the academic year in which they want to move. The office of off-campus housing can be a big help with this.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
  • Powelton Village
  • The Courts
  • University Crossings
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $900
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • House: $2,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 106 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 107 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% 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 106 responses

  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Extremely helpful.
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