Off-Campus Housing

Baltimore, MD
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's hard to live off campus, unless you are a senior. You have to have a specific reason and get it approved.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I live at The Quarters at Towson opposite of campus, and walking to class is a 10-minute affair. While rent and bills may be a bit pricey, the amenities and benefits are a lot better and more affordable compared to living on campus. Also, management in this building is a lot more responsive to the needs of its residents compared to Public Safety on campus. Public Safety will take an hour to respond to noise disturbance complaints, or not at all. Management will ensure that problems are resolved permanently.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have always lived on campus. I do not know the process of transferring to off-campus housing. I have many friends who decided to live off-campus, so I'm assuming that the process of switching is doable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is totally possible. The school is really bad about approving people, they really want to nickle and dime you for housing on campus. They deny a lot of people for that reason. But its super easy to live off campus, lots of public trans, I've heard good things.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus for all four years because it's too much of a hassle.


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  • 1263rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Becca Titus
Baltimore, MD
English, Creative Writing
Grad Year
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All undergraduate students are encouraged to live on campus. However, if you want to live off campus, you must first apply with the Office of Community Living. Since Goucher is a residential school, commuters usually have a harder time making friends and getting involved in on-campus activities. Commuters say the biggest annoyance of off-campus living is the class schedule. Classes run from about 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the classes you want to take will rarely run back-to-back. The hassle of driving home and then back to campus or killing time in the library in between classes is enough to convince some to move back on campus. Besides, the core of the Goucher experience is the on-campus community, and it’s hard to share in this experience by living off campus. There are plenty of apartments and townhouses available in Towson and surrounding areas, but they are a little expensive for full-time college students. The cost of rent, utilities, groceries, and gas is roughly the same amount as room and board on campus.

If you have the money, a roommate, and a car, and you feel the hassle and possible loss of the true Goucher experience is worth your independence, then living off campus may be the right choice for you. Try to find an apartment or shared house in Hampden or Charles Village, and you'll still be around young people, often students from Goucher or other nearby schools like Johns Hopkins and MICA.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late April
Popular Areas
  • Charles Village
  • Hampden
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $900

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 43 responses

  • 21% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 28% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 42% 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.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 42 responses

  • 48% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Extremely helpful.
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