Off-Campus Housing

Decorah, IA
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus houses are owned independently of the college by landlords who are extremely helpful and willing to help students. The college can be assholes when it comes to deciding who can live off campus. Its cheaper to live off campus but you have to do all the work yourself, no help from the school, to find a place. General maintenance is needed on all houses

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: all students are required to live in student housing, except for extreme circumstances

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most houses off campus for college students are old and not maintained very well and can be to expensive for what you get.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am quite familiar with it because I am a freshman and therefore have had very little exposure to it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know much about it since I'm a freshmen but it seems like a really nice place to stay and everyone I talk to that lives their really likes it. I'm considering living their sometime during my stay here at Luther because I think it would be nice to not have to eat caf food all the time and be able to make my own food. I'm sure I can talk to my adviser about how to apply or she can refer me to someone else, I don't think it's a very difficult process to go through.


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  • 1269th
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William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Now! Luther's off-campus housing is so competitive that the sooner you get your search started, the better. There are houses available, but getting a group together to sign a lease is a long, hard process, made even harder by the fact that students aren’t allowed to live off campus until they’re seniors. Many students sign leases at the beginning of their junior year for the following year. If you can't find a place to live off campus, many students opt to draw in a lottery for Baker Village housing, build a 13-person cluster in Farwell, or go back to living with underclassmen in Olson, Larsen, or Towers.
Popular Areas
  • Anything close to campus
  • College Drive houses
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $500
  • Studio: $350

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 17 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 17 responses

  • 35% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 29% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% 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 17 responses

  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 12% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 41% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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