Off-Campus Housing

Location
Marlboro, VT
Undergrads
236
Tuition
$37,640
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off-campus, but have plenty of friends who do. It's a mixed bag. Some cottages in the woods are fantastic; others are a thirty minute drive away. Either way, VT has a lot of great living situations.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's easy to find a place to live in town and the price is manageable, especially when renting a place with other local students.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in the town of Marlboro is quite good, but you really need a car if you're living off campus, no matter how close the college is to the rental. Brattleboro housing is much less convenient, and students living there feel isolated from campus at times, especially the 6 months of winter! But those living in Bratt all really enjoy the life and culture of "the city life."

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Marlboro provides semi-independent housing for its residents. This means we have one dorm that's a little further from campus that has apartment-style units with kitchens. Further, we have six cottages/cabins a little ways down the road, and two houses in the area dubbed "Whittimore House" and "Red House." Anyone living in these spaces can be off-meal plan.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: South Road or Brattleboro – The nearest town to Marlboro is Brattleboro, and its about half an hour away down Route 9 which has pretty much nothing on it. To get to Route 9 you take South Road from campus, which is lined with little houses in the woods, many of which are occupied by students. If you live in these houses, which can be cheap, you have to worry about having a car, or skis, because there is so much snow so much of the time. Getting to campus can be a real pain sometimes, and you may find that you're not as much a part of the social scene. For those who are willing to go even farther, very adult accomodations can be found in Brattleboro. One of the most popular being the "ballroom", an old converted ballroom that has always served as the unofficial flop house of Marlboro students caught in town overnight. Its huge, and cheap. You'll be lucky if you get to live there.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brattleboro and even the small town of Marlboro have an abundance of rentable options for students at Marlboro College. There are several off-campus cottages and houses along South Road (the heavily-wooded road leading to the College). Additionally, there are apartment buildings, downtown apartments, and even houses that are popular with upperclassmen. A home away from Marlboro often proves convenient for many students as a place to relax and be productive. On-campus housing can sometimes become a distraction.

If rent money is less of an issue, a downtown apartment is extremely convenient. The Marlboro van stops right in the middle of Main Street and will take students to and from school. Also, houses along South Road become happening party spots for get-togethers and gatherings (Marlboro students always love venturing off of the Hill, even if only a few meters away). Though wonderful in many ways, off-campus housing can be expensive and problematic in the winter. Some days, the road to Marlboro will not be accessible by car, and some students will miss class. Also, students off campus can sometimes miss other important events on campus, such as performances, art shows, or guest speakers, all due to weather. With on-campus housing, students are guaranteed to be there.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
16%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,910
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early spring or summer
Popular Areas
  • Downtown Brattleboro
  • Elliot Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $500
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 3 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 7 responses

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  • 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 6 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 17% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 33% 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 7 responses

  • 57% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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