Off-Campus Housing

Greenville, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$19,683 ($5,869)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone moves off campus after freshman year. There are plenty apartment complexes and there are houses in the grid, however that can be a little dangerous living in the grid.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There aren't a lot of apartment complexes that are within walking distance to campus. The grid is where students live in houses but there are a lot of break in's and robberies there.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Off-campus housing is pretty good at ECU. There are many apartment complexes that are within a 5 minute drive to the campus. The majority of the complexes are affordable with good quality.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus yet, but I know several people who do who say they LOVE it. The rent is affordable most places and the shuttles go to the apartments which is really convenient.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of off-campus apartments are really convenient because they're either really close to campus, or are just a bus ride away. The ECU transit goes by most of the major apartments. There are a lot to choose from, but the most expensive ones (like University Suites) are probably the best quality. I haven't met any landlords, but the reps in the office are very helpful and nice. Parking passes are usually put onto your car. Just recently, there was an apartment fair near Mendenhall. I think they do that every year around this time of year, so that was very helpful in helping me find a place.

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  • 48th
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Samantha Mandel
Matthews, NC
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Off-campus housing is suited for students who are not used to sharing or want more privacy than what the dorms offer. Greenville is fast growing, sometimes sickeningly so, which means there is plenty of housing near and away from campus. There are attractive older areas that actually have trees, but there is also an epidemic of monotonously hideous complexes that lack landscaping. Some students try to live within walking distance of campus in student-filled areas, like 10th Street and the area between Fifth Street and the Tar River. Others prefer to live farther away from campus, in places off of Arlington Boulevard or near the hospital, perhaps to be closer to their workplace or just to separate their school and home lives. ECU's extensive bus routes make living off campus convenient, as long as the area is on a route. Living off campus can be cheaper than living and eating on campus, but students should be aware that the deals that landlords and companies sometimes offer to students who are inexperienced in apartment hunting are not really deals. In addition, living off campus can be an isolating and sometimes disorienting affair for new students. Thus, students who want to focus on getting acclimated to classes, organizations, being away from home, and other aspects of college life should seriously consider living on campus for at least a semester or a year when they first arrive at ECU.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring and summer
Popular Areas
  • Between Fifth Street and the
  • Campus Pointe
  • North Campus Crossing
  • Pirate's Cove
  • Pirate's Place
  • Tar River
  • The complexes on 10th Street
  • University Manor
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $375
  • 2 BR: $450
  • Studio: $300

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 90 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 90 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 34% 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 90 responses

  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 38% Somewhat helpful.
  • 42% Extremely helpful.
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