Off-Campus Housing

Middlebury, VT
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus. Some people can get apartments, but it's not worth it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is fine, but on- campus housing options are much nicer, closer to campus, have cleaning services and are cheaper for students on financial aid.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't know much about it, I'm a freshman

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are some great places to live off campus, but they are hard to get to if you are living on campus and looking to walk to a party. There are enough apartment and house renting options though should you want to do that.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Only for the Super Seniors – Generally only supersenior febs live off campus for their last semester, so they can all be together.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bohree Kim
Weston, CT
History of Art and Architecture
Grad Year
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Most students are so locked into the "Middlebury bubble" that they hardly notice housing, let alone an entire community, exists off campus. Even the ones who are aware of life beyond campus limits have to enter a drawing to score off-campus housing, and the quota is limited to approximately 60 students per year. Given this, and the fact that on-campus housing options are typically so appealing, students rarely have the desire to leave their dorms. The LaForce and Atwater suites are pristine and look more like polished penthouses than student housing, while numerous on-campus senior houses are highly coveted and quite roomy. Although many students enjoy feeling farther removed from academics by residing more than 10 yards away from their biology lecture hall, most find it more of a hassle than a blessing to commute 20 minutes every time they have to attend class.

Middlebury and the surrounding areas are certainly host to some rather cozy housing options. Furthermore, most are not outrageously overpriced, and admittedly do afford students the chance to escape a frenetic academic lifestyle once classes have let out for the day. The fact remains, however, that it is difficult to obtain off-campus housing, and it is often not worth the sweat and tears when you have to spend precious study and play time driving to class, lectures, organization meetings, on-campus performances, and so on.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Mid-March, after the off-campus housing lottery
Popular Areas
Court Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $450
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $900
Did You Know?
The best way to find off-campus housing is to befriend the students who currently live in coveted apartments and houses. Landlords will be more likely to take on new tenants who are recommended by students currently living there.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 24 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 25 responses

  • 52% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 16% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% 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 25 responses

  • 52% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 32% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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