Off-Campus Housing

Amherst, MA
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus myself, but several of my friends do and the rating I listed are how I feel based on going to their apartments and houses. There are only a certain amount of students who can live off-campus, but I don't know anyone that's been denied living off campus, especially since a lot of people who live off campus do so for financial reasons. And Hampshire's not going to make you live on campus if you can't afford it. A lot of students who live off campus will use the PVTA bus to get to campus, so typically student housing is found along the bus routes (but there are plenty of bus routes, so there are quite a few options). Parking passes for students who live off campus are the same price as passes for students who live on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have an awesome house just off campus, my landlady is the best!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are 5 colleges in a very small area, so off-campus housing is in pretty high demand, so it can be hard to find, but is a lot cheaper than on-campus housing.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It is really convenient to live off campus since you have the option to live either near Amherst town or Northampton town or the valley area since you have option to take so many five college classes. Off campus housing is cheap, clean, most people housemates are friendly because the people in the valley are famous for their nice personalities and liberal thoughts. Easy parking, extremely safe especially around northampton town. There are buses mostly free commuting among towns, so very convenient.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I never been on off-campus housing and live in the dorms.


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  • 918th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tal Schechter
Stamford, CT
Health, Science, and Technology
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A majority of students opt to live on campus all four years, due to the advantages of College housing, but there are a few who seek off-campus housing, particularly in their final year of study. Although in recent years the housing crunch has made the housing office more generous with allowing students to live off campus, getting the green light is not easy. Certain students automatically qualify to live off campus, including students 25 or older, anyone living with their parents within 30 miles of Hampshire, married students, or those who have children. Disability coordinators may grant students with a housing exemption to live off campus if these students can document their disability—learning, psychological, or physical—and certify that off-campus housing is a necessary accommodation.

Off-campus housing can be expensive and inconvenient if not located near a bus stop. Most students, despite their complaints about housing at Hampshire, choose to stay on campus, and sometimes that decision is based on avoiding the hassle of applying for housing exemption, in addition to the process of securing a place to live. Off-campus housing can provide students with time away from Hampshire, but it’s a fine line between distance and isolation, the latter being more likely during the coldest months when company seems sparse, even on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Toward the end of a semester
Popular Areas
Anything close to the bus lines (in places like East Hadley, South Hadley, Sunderland, and Northampton)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $900
  • Studio: $600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 13 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 13 responses

  • 8% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 23% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 46% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% 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 13 responses

  • 46% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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