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.