As you may have guessed, off-campus housing is a bitter issue at Luther. Students are only allowed to apply to live outside of campus housing when they have senior status, meaning that you’re trapped on campus for at least three years. And, the approval process is limited to 100 students, based on credits. It’s nice that Luther rewards the students who work hard, but it puts a damper on your PE major friend who drags down a house full of pre-med students or double majors. Then, if you get approval, you won’t find out until March, leaving you precious time to find a house for the coming year. Most good houses are leased for the next year in the early portion of the previous year in hopes that off-campus housing will come, leaving you in a bad spot if your group doesn’t get approval.
Many students simply try to get a lot of friends together for a nice cluster in Farwell or attempt the lottery to get in Baker Village. There are houses available for more students, but Luther chooses to limit the students from the outside community, and that’s a shame. The only positive thing that can be said about off-campus housing at Luther is that if you like living in the same place for four years in a row, you won’t mind being trapped on campus. But for students who envision a college experience in a fraternity house or a living situation that lets you live on your own, you’ll have to look elsewhere.