Off-Campus Housing

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$17,932 ($4,642)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is just like at any other school, nothing fancy or too pricey but the enjoyment of having your own space again.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a great apartment in a great neighborhood. There are the pros and there are the cons, but overall I think my off-campus housing experience has been great.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options when it come to off campus housing. Most locations are less than 2 miles from campus and the rent is more than reasonable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of sophomores move off campus, and almost all juniors and seniors live off campus. Sophomores move off campus so that they can drink without the RAs catching them. That's usually the only reason that sophomores move off campus. The off campus housing is nice. You pay for what you get. You can live really close or you can live far away from campus either way there is fantastic busing services and a bus app to help you get back to campus. The area is very safe.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus living at our school gives the chance for us to experience more freedom from the school. We are now having bills to pay and have added freedom. The selection is wide and the school hosts a fair to show you all of your options when you decide to move off campus. They are all safe, some more or less than others, but all safe.


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  • 4th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
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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 106 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 104 responses

  • 49% Extremely helpful.
  • 46% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% 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 105 responses

  • 58% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 41% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 1% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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