Off-Campus Housing

St. Petersburg, FL
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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: most people live on campus, you miss out on a lot off campus

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Its expensive and unavailable. The school does not help with finding housing.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There's not much. Everything's either too expensive, in an unsafe area, or in a retirement community. The school does not help students find off campus at all, despite the fact that there's not enough housing on campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing around the area seems expensive and unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not many people live off campus.


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  • 1172nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elise Luce
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Environmental Studies
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Living off campus is all about weighing your options and prioritizing what is most important to you. On one hand, having your own place means you don’t have to sign up for a meal plan, and you’ll have your own kitchen, bedroom, privacy, and much more space. Parties and other rules are far less regulated, and you can escape from campus life, which means you don’t have to see the same people all the time. But, on the other hand, you (or your parents, more likely) are responsible for paying the water bill, electricity, and all other grown-up inconveniences that come with being on your own. The other pain can be the commute and feeling isolated from the constant hum of campus life. Just don’t count on public transportation to get you back and forth—having a car, being an avid cyclist, or even walking are essential.

If you do plan on living off campus, there are plenty of options to choose from and several are right next to campus, but it really depends on what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend. Good areas to check out are Maximo Park, The Wave condos behind Eckerd, along St. Pete Beach, or the Old Northeast corridor or Roser Park sections of downtown, all of which are popular with students and average to good quality. In terms of cost, if you have roommates, you will probably be spending the equivalent of what Eckerd charges for room and board.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
August or anytime during the summer is the best time to look for housing since most students are gone and leases are up.
Popular Areas
  • By the beach, along Pass-a-Grille or St. Pete Beach is a popular to look. You can find great deals, but usually rent tends to be pretty expensive. Roommates can make it more feasible, but there is the commute, plus driving through a toll two times a day.
  • Maximo Park, a subdivision across the street from Eckerd. Housing can be affordable or pricey depending on the house, but you will definitely want a roommate. Some houses even come equipped with pools or docks. Be careful with the parties, though, because tenants are growing weary of college kids.
  • The Old Northeast, downtown. Rent is cheap and flats are available. Being downtown is nice but can fee a bit secluded from campus life, plus the commute gets old.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $670
  • 2 BR: $830

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 40 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 41 responses

  • 29% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 41% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 17% 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 40 responses

  • 62% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 30% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Extremely helpful.
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