Off-Campus Housing

Saint Peter, MN
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is not far from campus, you can easily walk to classes. There is plenty of availability, for juniors and seniors. Seniors get the first pick though.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are very few off campus houses available and they are not in the best condition.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are multiple options when it comes to off campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most freshman and sophomores aren't allowed to live off campus, so I honestly don't know. I wish I could live off campus sooner.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Only a few hundred students are let off campus each year. Because of this it is very hard to live off campus and most people live on campus in the apartments or dorms. But if you do get the opportunity to live off campus there is a good amount of housing available near campus which is really nice.

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  • 1006th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Moorhead, MN
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
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With approximately 80 percent of the student body living on campus, Gustavus prides itself in being a close-knit and residential community. The majority of upperclassmen chooses to live on campus in apartment-style housing because they enjoy the idea of not having to mow the lawn, shovel the snow, or pay for all their own utilities. The biggest hassles from the Residential Life office come from noise violations, small rooms, and the ban on candles and smoking. Applying to live off campus is tricky since your randomly-generated priority number can either make or break your chances of getting off campus. In addition, not having a car means that you have to walk up Old Main Hill each day—a good workout, but certainly something to be dreaded in the middle of winter.

Students who do live off campus sing both its praises and annoyances. While there are many perks to not having to deal with Residential Life and having your own space, downfalls of living off campus in St. Peter include overpriced rent based on demand and few options outside of living in large houses with a number of friends—apartments in St. Peter are sparse and not the closest to campus. With the majority of your classmates living on campus and having the benefit of living in apartments while still being able to walk next door and knock on your friend’s door, you are better off just living on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of spring semester
Popular Areas
Directly beneath "the Hill"
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 25 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 32 responses

  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 28% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 47% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% 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 31 responses

  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 6% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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