Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: At the very least I can say the place I live is great. One flat rate that includes covered parking, internet, a 24 hour computer lab, and a 24 hour gym.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never seen off campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The main problem is that a lot of options are extremely expensive--my family of 7 once rented a 2-story house for significantly less than the apartment agencies wanted my sister and I to pay for a 2 bedroom apartment in very bad condition. The issue is made worse by the fact that any sort of affordable housing is very far away, therefore requiring the use of a vehicle, which is even more expensive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is super safe. That is probably the biggest Pro. On the Con side, you are required to have 2-3 other roommates. Other than that it is great.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From shanties to The Lodge, you will find a variety of places to live with a variety of prices.


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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 101 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 99 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 98 responses

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


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