Off-Campus Housing

Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
18,059
Tuition (in-state)
$27,874 ($9,664)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus so I wouldn't know. I heard it's a lot better and cheaper than living on campus though.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Because the school is in the heart of downtown Atlanta, off campus housing varies.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know I don't live off campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't use it but for the people that do, they enjoy it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm only aware of two other choices for off-campus housing. One is supposed to be expensive and the other is know for a lot of people smoking weed..

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  • 730th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Urry
Hometown
Franklin, New Jersey
Major
English, Journalism
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It's easy to find apartments and houses to rent in Atlanta. What's difficult is weeding through the hundreds of options you have and making sure you find the right fit for your budget. Pricey studios and mansions that dot upper Midtown and Buckhead can be intimidating, but look hard enough and you'll find something less expensive. Some options are within walking distance from campus, but most require some form of transportation. Lots of students ride bikes, drive cars, or take MARTA, the bus system that has stations convenient to lots of different neighborhoods. Most students actually wind up staying farther from Downtown, in other neighborhoods like Candler Park or Little Five Points, or on streets or commerce centers near North Avenue or Atlantic Station.

The choice to live off campus is a common one. A large portion of Georgia State is made up of commuting students, but since the dorms are fairly new, limited in size, and somewhat expensive, those that don't want to live at home often rent apartments or houses for the year. Availability is hardly ever an issue, as there are tons of complexes that rent year-round. Since Atlanta isn't a ghost town between semesters, staying in the city over the summer or during breaks isn't an issue, either; it's a fun place to explore if you pick the right neighborhood.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
88%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
52%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,225
Best Time to Look for a Place
Most places open up in the spring after school ends or just before the new academic year starts in August. In the spring, a large number of students that usually live in Atlanta during the year go back home for the summer, so subletting apartments or houses to other students is common, which is convenient for those looking for short-term housing. On the flip side, leases for these rented places usually end in August (as they're 12-month contracts), so options also open up then. Since Atlanta isn't a typical college town, though, you can probably find student-priced apartments or houses available year-round.
Popular Areas
  • Downtown: Fairlie-Poplar District, Little Five Points
  • Midtown: Atlantic Station, streets off of Ponce de Leon Avenue, North Avenue, or Piedmont Avenue (below 14th Street)
Average Rents
  • 2 BR Apartment : $800
  • House : $1,000
  • Townhouse: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 158 responses

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  • 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 158 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% 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 158 responses

  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.
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