Off-Campus Housing

Location
Undergrads
6,159
Tuition
$38,400
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Never tried it, but not in my interests.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They encourage seniors to move off campus although many juniors choose to. You have to apply to get approval to move off campus but I haven't heard of anyone who hasn't been approved. There are many houses available for lease around campus, there are a couple main streets that students tend to stick to.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to find an apartment unless you look early!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not personally lived off campus but I know people who have and they say it is a very safe place and it is easy to catch the bus to get to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of choices, but hard to get because there are A LOT of lease renewals.

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  • 218th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Segal
Hometown
Newton ,MA
Major
Communication Management
Grad Year
2014
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There are many different housing options available off campus for students. From one-room efficiencies to houses you can rent with your 10 closest friends, if you want to live off campus, there is housing available to suit your needs. With on-campus housing being costly per year, many students opt to find alternative, money-saving options. Most of the houses surrounding IC have been around for a while and are not known for having the best quality. 

While all freshmen are required to live on campus, many students are not in a rush to live off campus because of the decent quality of the dorms and on-campus apartments. If you are an upperclassman and want to live off campus, you must go through an application process to be granted off-campus status. IC is a residential school, and many of the apartment complexes and houses are rented out each year by IC students. Many students want to live off campus for the freedom of not having to deal with an RA. Because housing at IC can be an annoying process, especially if you do not get your first-choice housing, moving off campus has been a popular alternative to being dependent on the College for housing.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
31%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
1%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,900
Best Time to Look for a Place
Ten or 11 months in advance (September or October for the following school year). Some groups find off-campus housing as early as the first weeks of the previous year.
Popular Areas
  • Coddington Road
  • Hillview Place
  • Hudson and Aurora streets
  • Kendall Avenue
  • Near the Commons
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $580
  • 2 BR: $900
  • 3 BR: $1,065
  • 4 BR: $1,600
Did You Know?
There are many websites such as www.redbomberrentals.com that work to find housing for IC and CU students.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 77 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

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 75 responses

  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 3% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 77 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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