Off-Campus Housing

Harrisonburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is close enough to walk to classes and it's slightly less expensive than on-campus housing.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a really wide variety as far as quality and cost

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I currently still live in the dorm, but I have visited off campus houses and most of them are very nice and come with lots of amenities like a gym and a pool and are still pretty close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a huge amount of selection, at reasonable prices, but sign the lease early as most are gone by late Oct and early Nov.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: JMU has a wide variety of off-campus housing! Many housing options are very nice, but can be expensive.

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  • 4th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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Once you begin to tire of dorm life, your sights set on picking the right apartment complex, townhouse, or house. After all, there's only so much walking across campus and munching on D-hall favorites that one can take. However, at JMU, every off-campus place seems to be the complete one. Students have a wide, varied selection that unfortunately does vary in price and atmosphere as well. For those who rejoice in meeting new partygoers and social animals, there is a multitude of apartments to choose from. Conversely, if you’re someone whose weekends are an excuse for more studying, there are apartments that will tickle your fancy as well. Students who hang out in large groups may choose houses that can fit up to 10 people, while apartments group three to four students.

Unfortunately, most of the apartments are not within walking distance. Most students resort to the occasional bus or car or mooching for rides from friends. Houses are also available in the same vicinity as JMU, but those tend to be a bit isolated from the hordes of upperclassmen in apartments. Plus, once students officially say goodbye to the luxury of walking to class, they must say hello to the drag of scouting parking spots.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The end of fall semester or beginning of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Ashby Crossing
  • Aspen Heights
  • Campus Condos
  • Campus View
  • Foxhills
  • Hunter’s Ridge
  • North 38
  • Old Mill
  • Pheasant Run
  • Southview
  • Squire Hill
  • Stonegate
  • Sunchase
  • The Commons
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $350
  • 2 BR: $500
  • 4 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 94 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 95 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 1% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 40% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 59% 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 94 responses

  • 4% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 52% Extremely helpful.
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