Off-Campus Housing

Tallahassee, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Crowded apartment complexes with tons of students,very typical of a college town.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The cost is very low.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have only lived on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: At FSU, there is a vast array of choices for possible housing off-campus. Most of off-campus housing is cheaper in rent than the higher class dorms are on campus. That is one of the main reasons I left the dorm life. Some of the pros have been less noise because I live more isolated from people verses being in a dorm on a floor with many people crammed together, I have my own space for privacy and freedom, I have a kitchen I can cook in, and I can entertain people for dinners, movies, or just hanging out, verses being cramped into a small dorm and having to wait to use the housing building's floor kitchen. Cons would be that FSU does not have great parking, so living off campus means either taking a bus to campus or driving my car and finding parking can be a huge frustration.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing to choose from.

1 person found this useful Report

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  • 10th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Many, many students choose to live off-campus. Florida State University is centrally located in Tallahassee, so traveling to and from campus shouldn't be too much of a problem. Over the past few years, at least 20 new apartment complexes have gone up on the outskirts of campus. These newer developments offer amenities such as computer labs, athletic facilities, and gated security. The closer you are to campus, the older and dingier the apartments. Living off-campus can be cheaper than living in a residence hall and can offer you more privacy.

One thing to keep in mind is the City of Tallahassee's Party Patrol. This is a police unit that patrols the residential neighborhoods and responds to party/noise complaints. They are serious about preventing underage drinking and keeping the local residents happy. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself in off-campus housing. You just have to respect your neighbors. Another policy that the Tallahassee City Commission is trying to pass is limiting the number of non-family members living together in a single residence. Since this policy has met with resistance, no action has been taken yet. It is still something to consider, though, if you plan on living off-campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Summer, or at least one month before semester begins
Popular Areas
  • Downtown
  • Jackson Bluff
  • Ocala Road
  • Pensacola Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $389
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 4 BR: $1,070

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 287 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 288 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 62% 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 287 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Extremely helpful.
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