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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is limited, and you have to pay for internet, electricity etc. I recommend staying on campus.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Furman students are required to live on campus all 4 years (expect for senior year you might be able to live in a VERY close by apartment complex). Unless your home residence is close by, you'll be living on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Furman makes it impossible for you to live off campus because that would mean that the housing department does not get your money. The housing department at Furman is absolutely awful. North Village is the only place on campus where students can drink if they are of age, but since Furman does not want anyone to live off campus, they have resulted to putting JUNIORS IN DORMS. Which is absolutely ridiculous! In that case, a 21 year old could not drink in his room because dorms are alcohol free.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Generally there is no off campus housing allowed at Furman. There are a few exceptions.

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1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Furman forces students to live on campus so that they can charge more for tuition. They offer only one set of "off-campus" apartments that are less than a 2 minute drive from the campus and are owned by the university. These are expensive so many students opt to not live in them.


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Tenell Felder
Columbia, SC
Political Science/Communications
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Furman requires that all undergraduate students live on
campus. Because there isn't enough housing, seniors are
allowed to enter an off-campus housing lottery. The reality is that the on-campus apartments are just about as nice as anything off campus. They each have two baths with either two or four bedrooms, and they are furnished relatively nicely. Most students love the convenience and sense of community they get from living on campus. The only major downside is that even if you are over 21, you are not
allowed to have alcohol on campus. If you are caught with it, you can be written up, fined, and have a letter sent home. Although it is pretty easy to get away with having alcohol, it seems unreasonable that a 21-year-old caught with a bottle of wine will have a note sent home to their parents. The ones who usually get in trouble are only the rowdy, loud drinkers.

Despite the regulations, Furman students usually love campus apartment life. However, only juniors and seniors are allowed to live in the apartments, so you have to wait a few years to get there. Because of the tight housing situation, they run out of room for a few groups of juniors every year. This is a big problem because they have to live on campus and either live in the dorms or with people they don't know.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring term
Popular Areas
There are only a few decent apartment complexes close to campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $760

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 23 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 23 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 48% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 26% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 23 responses

  • 57% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 26% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 9% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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