Off-Campus Housing

Ames, IA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the apartments at ISU are in great locations. They are mostly within walking distance to campus and the amenities and pet friendly options are great. The cost is a little high for college students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus but I know a lot of people that do

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a great bus system so if you live off campus it is super easy to make it onto campus without driving. The cost is fairly reasonable for a college town.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Just by going to the open house tours I can tell the service and housing is great!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of variety on price and proximity to different areas.

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  • 33rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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On-campus housing isn't for everyone, obviously. More than half of students live off campus, so off-campus housing in Ames clearly has a lot to offer. They seem to cite freedom and price as their main motivators, but living off campus does have its drawbacks. Students have to commute to class and deal with landlords, contracts, and roommates meeting rent payments.

Housing that is close to campus tends to be more expensive, so if you are looking to live off campus, you must decide how important proximity is to you. If it is important, it might be worth the extra bucks to be close to campus. If money is tight, and you don't mind the bus, then living several blocks away might be a nice option for you. Ames offers a wide variety of off-campus housing, not only apartments, but also houses for rent. Before signing a contract for any apartment or house, know what your base payment covers and how much of the utilities you must pay, as well. Check the proximity to the bus routes if you plan to rely on CyRide, and begin the search early so you can shop around and find the place that feels the most like home. Housing can be expensive, so try to get the best deal for the best place.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
At least eight weeks before you plan to move—spring, if possible
Popular Areas
  • Alpine Apartments
  • Lincoln Park Apartments
  • Sterling University Plains
Average Rents
  • Studio: $400
  • 1 BR: $530
  • 2 BR: $650

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 98 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.
  • 5% 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.
  • 28% 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 99 responses

  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Extremely helpful.
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