Off-Campus Housing

Mechanicsburg, PA
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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: there is no off-campus housing

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students, including myself, don't live off-campus, so I'm not able to rate this aspect of Messiah.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Messiah purposefully restricts housing to on-campus housing only, except in certain specific situations. Married students, students who live at home or with family members, students with specific disability needs that the college can not meet, and nontraditional students are permitted to live off-campus. Without one of those exceptions, off-campus housing is not possible for the average student.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am from Connecticut (about 5 hours away). It's easier for me to just live on campus rather than go through the hassle of living away from school when I'm already for far from home.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is not readily available but the housing that is available is not too expensive.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Yardley, Pa.
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Messiah College will no longer allow students to live in off-campus housing. The College always had a residency requirement for unmarried students under 23 years old, but the Department of Residence Life previously accepted applications for exemptions to this policy. Numerous exceptions were granted in previous years for medical, psychological, and financial reasons, but now, exemptions will only be given in the case of rare and extreme medical conditions. This change is fueled by the fact that the College is facing its lowest enrollment in years, which affects the amount of money invested in residence life.

Any Messiah student will tell you that residence life is one of the best aspects of the College, so it is understandable the school wants as many people as possible experience it. The new policy will also help implement a greater sense of community across campus. The only people not affected by the decision are students commuting from home.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 66 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 53 responses

  • 53% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 23% 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 67 responses

  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 52% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 18% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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