Off-Campus Housing

Bozeman, MT
Tuition (in-state)
$20,062 ($6,705)
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home, so am not very familiar with the off campus housing market. I know that many students do live off campus with roommates. Housing in Bozeman is pretty spendy so finding enough roommates to cover the cost is the key. Finding responsible roommates that will actually pay their bills is important too.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus and love it. I got a great little apartment two blocks from the school. Rent isn't that bad and my landlord is very understanding to college students. Bozeman is a safe city so i never worry about walking alone, even at night, and if i did the campus police give free escorts to make sure you feel safe. I park at my apartment but you could also get a parking pass for the school which isn't hard but around $100 for the year. I really love living off campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I still live in the dorms but as I am looking for an apartment next year I have a few opinions. Apartments are pretty much cheaper than living in the dorms so anywhere is really better price wise. Most apartment complexes are well looked after. They vary in distance from campus and what they have to offer. But at least one should have everything you are looking for.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Pricing and options depend on what time of the year you are looking. During the summer, there are a lot of places open and at decent prices. But once Fall is here, there are very few places that are being rented out for a decent price. Bozeman is very spread out and there are a couple surrounding places to find housing at an affordable price.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman/I live in the dorm


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  • 273rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erica Aytes
Pocatello, Idaho
English Literature/Spanish
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There are two things MSU students agree about when discussing off-campus housing: There are plenty of good houses and apartments from which to choose, but you should be ready to pay for them. Some students—mainly those from the Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho areas—balk at the cost, but those from California and Colorado grin in relief. In addition to the cheap or arm-and-leg rent, whatever your perspective, the extra cost of utilities can add up quickly during the cold Montana winters. Despite the somewhat high cost of living off campus, it is still comparable to living in the dorms, making it worth the move for most upperclassmen. The absence of alcohol policies also lures students off campus, along with not having to put up with the food served in the dining halls.

As many in-state and out-of-state spectators start to invest in Bozeman property, finding a place to rent is becoming easier. Some brave students wait until mid-August, just a week or two before school starts, to really start looking. This is not advised. It is possible to find somewhere to live at this time, but all of the good deals are normally snatched up around July. 

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
Around campus and downtown
Average Rents
  • Studio: $500
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 3 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 72 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 74 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 22% 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 73 responses

  • 56% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 38% Somewhat helpful.
  • 4% Extremely helpful.
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