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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is very close to the school but it is no different then getting rental or housing for yourself. The landlords disappear when something goes run, maintenance people are always slow, and rent due dates are not as flexible. Though the living is decent, it makes for a comfortable home to even raise a family in while pursuing your education.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most students in my university take the off-campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Macon is not the safest area but the actual apartments aren't the worst.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It seems that there are many apartment complexes close to school.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live far away from the campus and have no experience with this topic.


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  • 743rd
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Janelle Richardson
Seattle, Wash.
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Though a large majority of Mercer students choose to live on campus, off-campus housing is a viable option for many. Multiple-room houses and apartments for rent are more common, so it is usually easier for a group of students to find a large place and split the rent. Since it is cheaper to live off campus, housing that is fairly close to campus can be somewhat limited during the school year. The houses and apartments for rent are generally older (at least 50 years old, if not more), which is typical for Macon homes. Prices vary with size, quality, and amenities.

Multiple-bedroom lofts immediately next to campus are being built above retail businesses. According to Mercer’s website, the University will lease the apartment units, while providing facility maintenance and managing the residential operations. Since the lofts are targeted toward upperclassmen and students who currently live off campus, this may be another option for students to consider in order to have “the best of both worlds.”

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The end of each semester is a good time simply because that's when students are most likely to be moving out.
Popular Areas
  • Neighborhoods very close to Mercer
  • Streets near or parallel to Cherry Street (downtown)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $575

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 50 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 48 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 48 responses

  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 17% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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