Off-Campus Housing

Location
Grinnell, IA
Undergrads
1,615
Tuition
$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived in off-campus housing, but I know many students who do. The school is very helpful in finding students a place to live. But living on campus all 4 years is not uncommon.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not sure what the off-campus housing is like because I am only a first year. I imagine that there are great places to live off campus (i.e. houses, apartments, etc.) because I know a few upper class men who say that living off campus is very reasonable and a great experience.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is a great option and many students partake in it.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the available off campus housing is through the college. The prices are pretty decent and they are certainly cheaper than regular room and board. But you have to find at least 2 other people to live with you to make it affordable. These houses are close to the campus so it doesn't take a lot of time to get to campus. Food is also cheap in Grinnell so the cost goes down a lot when living off campus. Finding apartments that are not college owned is tougher because the availability is not great, and their condition is not the best. They are also more far away from the college. Yet, they are the cheapest option.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Grinnell is an extremely small town so it is difficult to find off campus housing. You also cannot move of campus until the second semester of your third year.

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  • 199th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Akshay Bajaj
Hometown
Mumbai, India
Major
Economics
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Grinnell administration prides itself in making the College a residential one, so it tries to discourage students from living off campus as much as possible. Students aren’t permitted to live off campus until junior year, and in the past, off-campus College-owned houses have been removed in order to make room for other facilities. Students who choose to live off campus must have written permission from the Student Affairs office. 

Unfortunately, the options for renting apartments are fairly limited. There are a few landlords who own houses converted into apartments, and while these are often a bit rundown, they do offer extra possibilities for partying. Living off campus on High Street in particular carries responsibilities to sponsor and encourage partying. Most importantly, the houses are within a few blocks from campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
12%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring or fall
Popular Areas
  • Downtown
  • Park Street
  • Within two blocks west of campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $200
  • 2 BR: $400
  • 3 BR: $700
Did You Know?
Average rent for off-campus housing is $300 a month.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 18 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 19 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 0% 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.
  • 42% 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 19 responses

  • 42% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 37% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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