Off-Campus Housing

Philadelphia, PA
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've never had off-campus housing myself, but plenty of my friends have. There are a lot of houses near the dorms that have 6-month leases to fit Drexel schedules. There's been a large influx of freshmen the past few years, though, so availability might be going down. There's some on-street parking available, but not a lot. The area around Drexel & UPenn is pretty safe; between the two there's a lot of campus security. Drexel is close to a major transportation hub (30th street station), so it isn't that inconvenient to have housing further from campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in the dorms last year and will be in an on-campus apartment this year, so I am not that checked out on off-campus housing.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If it's close to campus, it's either in a bad spot and a run down place, or unreasonably expensive. So people take the farther distance.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Individual research has to be done about off-campus housing thats near the campus. There are a couple places that Drexel advertises but not usually helpful.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cost is too high and in general off-campus housing presents difficulties.


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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 114 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 113 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% 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 112 responses

  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.
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