Off-Campus Housing

Tallahassee, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Being able to live off campus is an awesome luxury once you find a place that works for you and your hobbies. Different complexes have different layouts and opportunities considering space, location, and proximity to certain places on campus. Campus is so large that you are always going to be far from somewhere but it is always walking distance.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Other than limited parking, it's pretty great.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: They have great community housing on or off campus. You can choose from a variety of floor plans depending on how many roommates you wish to spend your time with.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: House-hunting starts in October! Apartments are available towards the end of the year, but you may not get a place you prefer. The apartments closest to campus go first. Those are usually more expensive, but very nice. Most apartment complexes seem to be state of the art, including gyms, study centers, and more.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many different kinds of places that are available at FSU. There are really inexpensive decent places or places that are much nicer for a little more money. It is very easy to find something that will fit your budget and needs.

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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 305 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 303 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 302 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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