Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options around campus to live at, but they are very expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is okay but getting very expensive. For a good price you will live in an older building.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Being down town, there are a lot of options for apartments. However, they usually cost an arm and a leg to get a nice one.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on how far you are willing to travel can greatly affect your expenses. There are lots of off-campus options, if you take the time to really look you can find some great places.

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.


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  • 408th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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 127 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 123 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% 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 123 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.


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