Off-Campus Housing

Spokane, WA
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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are some fantastic options for off-campus housing, the problem is you have to start SUPER early to get the best deals and locations, which means you need to decide who you want to live with before you even know if you are compatible, which can lead to later conflict.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet so I don't know much about it.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: All of our housing is within walking distance to our school. The rent is very cheap and most of the landlords are very accommodating.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of houses and apartments around the campus. The cost is okay and the landlord that I have is really nice and works with me when I go home. I never felt unsafe.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many options but you have to make huge concessions on price or safety


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  • 184th
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Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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In the Logan neighborhood, the rent prices and the distance from campus for decent houses and apartments are almost unbeatable. Very few off-campus students need to drive to school. The houses aren't always the sort of place you'd want to take your mom to, but hey, this is college. Peeling paint, drafty rooms, and beer-stained carpets don't seem like too big a deal. Sinto is probably the best street to live on, in terms of proximity to Gonzaga and general safety and appearance. Mission Park is pretty, but also more dangerous and removed from campus. Increased distance from campus means bigger houses, higher crime, and fewer students. But none can hold a candle to frat houses, either in terms of size or affluence.

Although living off campus can be cheap and convenient, it also has drawbacks. Landlords are a thoroughly mixed bag—some are helpful, but others will attempt to hassle, connive, and pilfer you at every turn. Most houses are poorly furnished and insulated, so be prepared to pay for warmth and comfort. Off-campus students have to work harder to stay integrated with the community. This life is terrific if you get a house with four of your best friends, but not so jolly if you end up sharing a dingy apartment with an acquaintance who was stranded like you. To end up in a good situation, you have to start looking early, research landlords and houses, and be wary.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
December through February
Popular Areas
Logan neighborhood (within four blocks of campus)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $415
  • 2 BR: $725
  • 3 BR: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 40 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 40 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 38% 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 38 responses

  • 5% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 66% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Extremely helpful.
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