Off-Campus Housing

Washington, DC
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many of the off-campus housing options are nicer than campus dorms, but the availability of apartments and the process of acquiring off-campus housing is oftentimes very stressful.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Howard has created a website specifically for Off-Campus Housing. There are many official and unofficial Off-Campus housing available for students including the Towers at University Town Center (UTC).

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The options for off campus housing are available if people are willing to travel a little and research.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know that much about off-campus housing but I doubt that it's in close proximity to the campus because there aren't many vacancies that are walking distance. There are more businesses than residencies around the campus.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Very pricey , but worth it if someone is looking for more freedom or to relocate. I'd personally suggest just staying on campus, but that's just me.


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  • 934th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
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Even though the University provides housing facilities for all undergraduate students, and even though all freshmen are guaranteed housing, the higher your classification, the less likely it is that you are guaranteed a spot in the dorms. Because of this, most students start looking around for apartments and house-shares close to campus as early as sophomore year. There are a lot of convenient off-campus options in the city and in the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia that are within the metro area, and sometimes these options are cheaper than the dorms. Some of the more popular locations are in the Shaw district within walking distance of the main campus. And while the landlords of these apartments or houses usually rent out for prices that students can afford relative to living in the dorms, one of the cons of living in some of these locations is the fact that students are more vulnerable to the dangers of city living. Just remember that you won't have the benefit of having the campus police around.

Some of the best areas to live are actually outside of DC, and while the commute can be as long as 45 minutes to an hour, the added sense of security that comes from living in the suburbs is worth it. The prices in these spots are often very low; the farther away from DC you go, the more inexpensive the prices for apartments and house-shares are. And you can always count on the Metro to take you into the city.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before the beginning of the fall semester. Each spring, the Office of Residence Life holds an off-campus housing fair for those students who were unsuccessful in the RSVP housing procedure.
Popular Areas
  • Adams Morgan
  • Brookland
  • Shaw
  • University Town Center
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,200
  • 1 BR: $860
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 4 BR: $2,200
Did You Know?
Although there are plenty of condos and apartment buildings in Washington, D.C., they can get very expensive!

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 136 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 131 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 25% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 64% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% 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 130 responses

  • 50% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Extremely helpful.
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