Off-Campus Housing

Frederick, MD
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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus selection is not too great. There are some Hood College apartments that are offered. A lot of the apartments around here are expense but it is because of the area. Downtown Frederick is expensive in general.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The Campus provides off campus apartments. They are pretty small, but you get 2 bedrooms (2 beds per person, so 4 total people can stay in the apartments) you get a kitchen, 2 bathrooms as well. The pricing is a bit more expensive then on campus dorms, but you and your roommates can split the cost.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of affordable apartments near campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus. I have really seen the off campus so I don't know. I head they were pretty nice though. The only complaint I heard is they are small.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in the Area – The area surrounding Hood College is very peaceful and pleasant. The houses are emmaculate but can be a little on the expensive side. Fortunately, there are many places around Frederick that are moderately priced and great neighborhoods to live in. There is public transportation that can take you right to the college from wherever you live in Frederick. There are even some affordable houses or apartments that are within walking distance from the school, shopping centers, and parks.


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  • 483rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Katrina Castner
Clarksville, Maryland
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While freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus (unless they live with their parents), juniors and seniors are highly discouraged from living on campus, as housing has become very overcrowded in recent years. Instead, upperclassmen are pushed to live in off-campus, college-leased apartments, which are about a mile away from campus and cost the same amount as on-campus housing. These apartments require four housemates, a requirement that burdens those students wishing to live off campus with a smaller group of people. Each apartment comes furnished and carpeted and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in addition to a small living room, dining room, and kitchen equipped with major appliances.   

Some students also choose to live off campus in non-campus-leased housing, but this is fairly uncommon. The surrounding Frederick area can be fairly expensive because of its close proximity to Baltimore and D.C. However, there are some affordable options if you are willing to share the space with roommates. Overall, students who live off campus enjoy the newfound freedom and independence from campus, but some feel (when put into this situation) forced to become "adults" too quickly.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for off-campus housing is at the beginning of the second semester.
Popular Areas
Downtown Frederick
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $820
  • 2 BR: $1,140
  • 3 BR: $1,210
Did You Know?
Frederick locals, who are within a short distance from Hood, often post signs for available housing options on boards in Whitaker Campus Center. So, if you are looking for off-campus, non-college-leased housing, this is the best place to start looking.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 21 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 19 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% 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 20 responses

  • 15% Not very helpful.
  • 5% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.
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