Living on campus is pricey (and the rules are somewhat strict), so many students opt to move off campus for personal and financial freedom. There are a few apartments near the school from which to choose as well as summer cottages that the owners rent for the school year. When you have at least one roommate (to split the costs), ask around early enough so all the options aren't snatched up. Many of the rental options are literally minutes from campus, only slightly increasing your time to get to classes. The prices range anywhere from $450 to $975, depending on whether it's an apartment or cottage, furnished or unfurnished, how many rooms it has, and other factors. Shopping around early enough has its advantages, as many options around $550 plus utilities open up.
Most students live on campus for the added "community," ease of going to classes and group studying, or because they don't meet the requirements to move off campus. To live off campus, students must either be 21, live with their parents or guardian, or are married. If students do choose to move off campus, most find housemates to lessen individual costs. This also gives them an added sense of freedom, as they don't have to adhere to the College's strict smoking, alcohol consumption, and visitation policies, and they can host movie nights without disturbing residence hall neighbors. For those worried about losing the sense of residence hall "community," off-campus students often visit on-campus students to maintain friendships, study, and work on group projects. Off-campus students are also encouraged to attend campus events, including outdoor movie nights, sheet mazes, coffeehouses, dances, and more.