Off-Campus Housing

Bethlehem, PA
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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is only as good as you keep it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of places to live off campus that are very close to campus. They are reasonably priced and the school maintains a list of approved houses and landlords.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have much experience with off-campus housing.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not allowed to live off campus for another full year, which sucks. From what I heard, a house/apartment in a good location needs to be signed for at the beginning of the previous year... and the parking kinda sucks... but it's worth it.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, so I don't know how the off campus housing situation works here.


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  • 612nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Sudbury, MA
English and Journalism
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Off-campus housing is abundant, though many of the best houses are handed down through their respective fraternities and sororities each year. Sorority girls often have to sign their leases more than two years in advance to make sure they get the house they want. Fraternity guys aren’t as picky and tend to wind up with disgusting houses, but it seldom matters, as many of them will have lived in filth and squalor during their residence in their fraternities. A small number of non-Greek students take the off-campus plunge right after freshman year and are usually pleased with the freedom and responsibility of taking care of their own house.

Most Lehigh students who move off campus do so senior year and are almost always happy with the decision. The three main bars are all off campus, and Leon’s is a two-minute walk from many houses. Most seniors will agree that it’s much more convenient to leave the bars and crash at their off-campus houses than to wait for TRACS or figure out a way to get a ride up the Hill. Of course, there are plenty of advantages to living in a fraternity, as well, which is why a decent amount of fraternity guys continue living there senior year. Off-campus housing is cheap—remember, it is Bethlehem after all—convenient, and a lot of fun, as many seniors live very close to each other.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
As early as possible, and first semester at the latest, as most rents begin June 1.
Popular Areas
  • Birkel Street
  • East 5th Street
  • Hillside Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 4 BR: $850
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 26 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 27 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% 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 27 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 7% Extremely helpful.
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