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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Some friends live in off campus housing, the quality ranges from phenomenal and spacious, to the house needing to be condemned.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We get to choose where we want to live, there's always someone willing to help us out with anything, including housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is okay.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It really depends what you're looking for. Because we're so close to ISU, there are many different options. Right next to Wesleyan, there are houses that can be rented out, but if you go closer to ISU, there are a lot more apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is great housing on campus but if choose to live off campus you are able to find it but need a car.


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  • 440th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Diego Báez
English Writing
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Illinois Wesleyan will do everything it can to keep students on campus, but it doesn't discourage off-campus living. There are a number of apartments across the street from campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. There is a historic district south of campus that has a number of older homes converted into student living. Franklin Park is the best place to live off campus because it is just far enough from campus to avoid the bubble, but close enough that it is still reasonable to walk to campus. Off-campus living is expensive, but it is comparable to the cost of on-campus housing. Students can opt to continue the meal plan even if they live off campus, so grocery shopping isn't necessarily a must when you live in an apartment.

Perhaps the biggest challenge to living off campus is finding roommates. In order to keep monthly rent payments low, most people move out with four or five friends if they choose to live in a house. Apartments are easier to find, but they are also very similar to some of the nicer on-campus living. A lot of students choose to stay on campus for this reason. However, the houses on Franklin Square are very nice. There aren't many other neighborhoods around Wesleyan that offer as many housing choices, but parts of the neighborhood extend into lower-income areas of town and can be sketchy at times. For most, off-campus living is a great experience that is usually attempted junior or senior year.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring before the semester you plan to move in.
Popular Areas
Franklin Park, apartments and houses on Main Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $450
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 3 BR: $850

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 17 responses

  • 24% Extremely helpful.
  • 41% Somewhat helpful.
  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 17 responses

  • 24% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 47% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 6% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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