Off-Campus Housing

Lancaster, PA
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school needs to change its policy on non-registered student housing. The off campus options provided by the college are overpriced.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There technically is not any off-campus housing. There is housing outside of the physical campus, but it is all within the dorm lottery system. The rates are standardized and controlled by the college and students can find some truly remarkable housing if you get a low lottery number.

Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year.

Sophomores have the option for limited housing options off campus or can remain in the dorms

Juniors and Seniors can live in dorms, in a loft, in a house, or an apartment - all within the lottery system

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You participate in the lottery for off campus housing. And then you are housed either in college row apartments, west James street houses or the lofts. All of them are newly renovated and very convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nice conditions, but difficult to get into.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman and sophomores must live on campus in the dorms. I have not lived off campus yet. There are many options of nice off-campus living, all of which are owned by the school and then leased to students.


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  • 716th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Danielle Glass
New York, N.Y.
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While students used to look forward to moving off campus, it is now essentially impossible. The new housing system puts strict measures on students to live in approved apartment buildings that are either owned by or associated with the college. Living off campus used to be cheaper than living on campus, but that was before the new system. Approved apartment buildings boast ridiculous rent prices, far higher than the cost of finding a place on your own.

Students have spoken negatively about the new system from day one, though some find it easier than looking for a place on their own. The lottery system either works for you or against you when choosing a living place, and if you get a bad number, you could end up living with total strangers.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
With the four-year residency requirement, the lottery system essentially determines what type of housing option will be available to you
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $650
  • Studio: $800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 33 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 34 responses

  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% 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 33 responses

  • 9% Not very helpful.
  • 12% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Extremely helpful.
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