Off-Campus Housing

Normal, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$20,016 ($12,726)
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in town homes near that are near campus and I paid a lot less than an "on campus" apartment. I had a lot more space than most apartments too! There was a lot of variety of people in the complexes, the cost was split between 4 people, but the units range from 2-4 bedroom. The landlords were never created problems and had convenient locations to pay rent and were a phone call away to report problems; extremely understanding.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The quality matches the cost very well. There are options available at both ends of the spectrum.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in downtown Bloomington. All the apartments I looked at were extremely pricey for the square footage.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the bigger named realtors are awaful when it comes to how they treat college students. They attempt to cheat poor college kids out of their money by charging unfair rates on things.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's not that far to the quad. The cost is pretty expensive, but I guess it's reasonable.


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  • 68th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Nelligan
Lake Zurich, IL
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Off-campus housing is something most students look forward to after spending two years in the dorms, and there is a lot of housing available to students at a range of prices. Apartments are most common at Illinois State University, although some choose to rent houses or townhomes. Most off-campus apartments are managed by one of three main realty companies: Sami, Young America Realty, and First Site Apartments. Unfortunately, almost all students' experiences with realtors in the Bloomington-Normal area have been negative. Realty companies are only interested in getting money from students and do not treat them as true renters. In dealing with leasing agents, students have complained about almost everything from maintenance not doing its job to tenants being charged with ridiculous fees.

Open leasing starts in September, and students are pressured into signing for an apartment almost a whole year in advance. This can be a problem because students may have roommate problems later on in the year or may not end up attending ISU the following fall. Some high-end apartments have gyms and pools included in the monthly fee, while some apartments have utilities included, which can help cut down on costs. It is important to do research when looking for an apartment, and don't be afraid to wait until later in the year to actually sign for one.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Kensington Suites
  • Lincoln Park Townhomes
  • The Oaks on Hovey
  • Vernon Stables
  • Willow Trails
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $700
  • House (3 BR): $850
  • 2 BR : $1,000
  • 3 BR: $1,350
  • 4 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 92 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 93 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 2% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 25% 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 92 responses

  • 23% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.


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