Off-Campus Housing

Admission Difficulty
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.


{{ error }}
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Don't know cause I've never really seen it

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing mainly school owned, lots of dry houses.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Greeks dominate the social scene, they get the houses.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its okay, but the dorms are great sop theres little need for off campus housing

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone lives on campus or (if you're lucky) campus owned houses off campus senior year. Not many people rent from other landlords. The school is very strict about who can get housing off campus. The administration is also making a good percentage of their houses wellness next year. Wish we had more people living off campus.


{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1205th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shehtaz Huq
Dhaka, Bangladesh
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
View all previous student authors

Lafayette College guarantees on-campus housing all four years. However, the College recently suffered from overbooking residence halls. Some off-campus facilities, like the Newman House, have been turned into student residence halls to accommodate the larger class sizes. Most of the students who opt for off-campus housing are typically upperclassmen who have their own cars and off-campus jobs/internships and want to get away from the campus “bubble.” Off-campus housing is available through the lottery system, and seniors have first priority. However, off-campus housing is more expensive. That being said, those who choose to live off campus also forego the meal plan (which many students claim is expensive and not worth its value) to make up for the extra costs.

Most off-campus houses are on Parsons Street, right across from the Kirby Sports Center. They are equipped with kitchens, dining rooms, and two to three bedrooms. The apartments are not quite as well-kept, but students appreciate the independence. College policies do apply to off-campus housing, as well, even though policies are not as strictly implemented. Proximity to class is not usually an issue, with the exception of traveling to class in bad weather. Most students, however, choose to stay on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Cattell Street
  • Monroe Street
  • Parsons Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $723

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 21 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 26 responses

  • 12% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 62% Somewhat helpful.
  • 23% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 27 responses

  • 22% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 22% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!