Off-Campus Housing

Washington, DC
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The area around the school is experiencing gentrification and this is making the area more desirable, clean, pricey, and livelier.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is limited but close to the campus.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not really know about off campus housing. I just know that it is pretty expense.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses here are nice but very expensive

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't experienced it yet but heard good things.


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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 113 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 114 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 23% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% 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 114 responses

  • 48% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 46% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Extremely helpful.
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