Off-Campus Housing

Spokane, WA
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options for houses and apartments in the area.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I think it would be helpful if the school let students know more about the options and costs for living both on and off campus junior and senior years.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is fairly easy to get off campus housing.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman I have very little experience regarding off campus housing but I believe from visiting houses that the location and proximity to campus and classes are pretty good if not closer then some dorms. The closer to campus the safer the housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus but I think my friends have enjoyed it.


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  • 184th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 35 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 36 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 8% 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.
  • 36% 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 35 responses

  • 3% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 66% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Extremely helpful.
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