Off-Campus Housing

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$18,376 ($7,728)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: May not be up to most building codes because they are older homes. The school holds an off-campus housing information session.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off-campus but I have many friends who do and they love it!

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am currently heading into my sophomore year and have not looked into off campus housing

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: One burned down last semester.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off-campus yet (this coming school year I am!!) but from hearing what my friends say, it is way better than on-campus. You can cook for yourself, can have way more privacy, choose your roommates, and finally get that independance feeling. Prices are quite high per student, but in the end you save more money living off campus than on. Edgewood Commons are really expensive for on campus living. The landlords are different...some will be great to students and then there are others that possibly steal money from students. That is what I have heard from friends. Some houses are close to campus and there are others that you have to walk far or drive, especially with hills.


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  • 445th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth (Liz) Partenheimer
Bowie, MD
Psychology Major with a Child/Family Certificate
Grad Year
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The off-campus housing is a good consideration for a second-year college student. Being in the dorms is a good experience for freshmen, but dorms are sometimes too loud and chaotic to ever get any work done. Moving off campus can sometimes raise grades and GPAs.

Most off-campus houses are pretty cheap, between $4,000 and $6,000 a year, not including the utilities and Internet/TV that you need to pay out of pocket. FSU holds an "Off-Campus Housing Fair" early during the second semester. All of the landlords come together to allow students to look at pictures of prospective homes and ask questions, and this gives the landlords a chance to meet their prospective renters.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Go to the "Off-Campus Housing Fair." This will be held the second semester of each school year and is a good time to begin thinking about moving off campus for the following semester.
Popular Areas
  • Bowery Street
  • Center Street
  • Hill Street
  • Wood Street (primarily for fraternities and sororities, but some non-Greeks live here, too)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $1,000
Did You Know?
Most freshmen choose to live in a dorm their first year, but they start looking for an off-campus house to move into their sophomore year.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 30 responses

  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 13% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 63% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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