Off-Campus Housing

Indianapolis, IN
Tuition (in-state)
$29,062 ($8,605)
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's downtown so the parking was pretty tight. The leasing office was bad when it comes to customer servicing.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: My sister owns a house twenty minutes off campus. I did not explore or even consider other housing arrangements because of the cost and convenience of living with my sister.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of people the go to IUPUI do not live on campus. There is not a lot of campus housing and it is difficult to get on campus housing unless you apply early. I live off campus, but my apartment is in walking distance from campus. I am able to take a IUPUI bus to campus from my apartment because there is a campus parking lot across the street. it was very easy to get my apartment. There are many more apartments near mine, and more are being built in the area. Apartment buildings advertise on campus so they are easy to find out about. The apartments close to campus are on the more expensive side because they are so close to downtown. Some are downtown. Cheaper options are available, but they usually require at least a 30 minute drive.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Since the campus is located in the heart of downtown, there are endless possibilities for off campus housing. People live on all sides of town due to the accessibility to major roads and interstates. Plus downtown is booming, more and more apartments are being build that are affordable or give discounts to students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of different options with many price ranges


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kourtney Forrester
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Over 90 percent of students live off campus. This rate will probably remain fairly constant, as long as campus housing is so expensive in comparison to off-campus housing. Finding an apartment in Indianapolis is extremely easy, fast, and affordable. Just open up a Nuvo Magazine, Indianapolis Star, or any other local periodical and find a plethora of housing options—lofts, studios, roommates, houses, apartments, duplexes. Students can find housing options on every side of town, and each student has his or her own reasons to prefer a specific side of town, whether it is because that is where their parents live or because that is where they find the cheapest housing possible. Many independent students live downtown in apartments and lofts that are conveniently located minutes away from campus.

Some of the best places for a student to live are downtown. Riley Towers, Canal on the Square, Lockerbie Court, The Block, and many others are among these places. Riley Towers is one of the best spots because they have high-rise living with fabulous views and all utilities are included in the rent. The Towers’ studios start at around $600 a month. There are cheaper living options on the outskirts of downtown, where studios usually start out at $300 a month. Also, students from IUPUI live all over town, so there are rarely issues with the locals having to get used to student life in the fall.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Fountain Square
  • Lockerbie Square
  • Massachusetts Avenue
  • The Canal
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 3 BR: $750
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 123 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 121 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 14% 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.
  • 17% 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 121 responses

  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.


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