Off-Campus Housing

Location
Bloomington, IN
Undergrads
30,949
Tuition (in-state)
$31,483 ($10,033)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I liked the apartment I lived in due to its convenience, proximity, and safety. There are plenty of other apartments, though, that I would not have liked because of those issues. It varies depending on where you are in Bloomington.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of great and safe apartment buildings in good locations, however it's a bit pricey. They all come with parking garages, however those are also pricey. Some of them have a lot of security walking around the building, cameras, and keys to get upstairs.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are no parties on IU's campus. If you want to have a social life, you almost have to go off-campus to partake.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 134th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
Hometown
Highland Park, Ill./Unknown
Major
Public finance/Unknown
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Moving off campus provides students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live with close friends in a town populated mostly by other college kids who are working toward the same goals. Along with your first apartment or house, however, comes some real responsibility. Living in the residence halls, you pay up front and never have to worry about things like internet, cable, or water. In the dorms, there's a trash can right down the hall and someone to clean your bathroom for you. Some students have trouble adjusting to life outside of that safety net; dealing with landlords, bills, and parking can be a big headache.

The freedom that comes from living on your own in the dorms is magnified a thousand times once you move into your own place. You can have real furniture, a bed big enough so that you never worry about falling out at night, and on top of everything else, you are in control of how much you want to pay for everything. There are some caveats to off-campus living, so beware. The closer you get to campus, the higher the rent will be. There are some real pits lurking in the blocks surrounding campus. Landlords know that there will always be someone willing to pay an extra $200 a month to save a ten-minute walk, no matter how lousy the condition of the house is. If you have a car, the cheapest route is to live as far away from campus as you can and drive to school or catch a bus. Be sure to start looking early and consider all your options before you make a serious decision regarding a place to live.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
64%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,853
Best Time to Look for a Place
As soon as possible
Popular Areas
  • Hoosier Courts
  • Smallwood Plaza
  • Varsity Villas
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $550
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 162 responses

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  • 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 159 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% 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.
  • 23% 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 159 responses

  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Extremely helpful.
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