Off-Campus Housing

Sarasota, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$29,812 ($6,783)
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's South Florida- the housing is already overpriced and FAU happens to be in the middle of a retirement community for rich couples. It's not the best of situations to be in while in college.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's difficult to get off-campus housing, but I've heard it's worth it.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Houses are passed down from generation to generation. Some well known ones are: Jungle House, Bayshore House, Pup Haus, Maps House, and Flop House

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all students live on campus until their third or fourth year at least. The New College community is something unique and you don't get the full experience from it if you're living off campus. Housing only allows for so many off-campus residents, so your chances of getting off campus as a first or second year are slim without having special considerations. When students do live of campus, its usually with good friends and often as near to campus as they can get. Another reason for living off campus is to minimize distractions during thesis year. Public transportation is unlikely to be available so it's highly recommended that you have an appropriate mode of transportation if living off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I never lived off-campus. The school is very unwilling to grant off-campus housing despite the fact that the on-campus housing is pretty overloaded. Sarasota isn't the safest place either.


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  • 518th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Taylor Welsh
West Palm Beach, Fl
English Literature/Socioloy
Grad Year
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Most Novo Collegians choose to live on campus. For those who would like to escape the tightly-knit community, some options are available. The most luxurious of these options are the houses on Bay Shore Road that have been historically rented out to students by owners. Bay Shore Road is a gorgeous, upscale street that cuts through New College. Located on it is the Ringling Museum of Art and numerous residences that appear on the National Register of Historic Places. This neighborhood features homes that are typically a mere block or two away from the bay and have backyards replete with charm. Living off campus in one of these houses is almost like living on campus, due to how close they are.

Unfortunately, these options aren’t always available, and they require multiple students collaborating to share rent. When this is the case, apartments in Bradenton are sought after for their low prices and proximity to campus. Commuters often report alienation from campus events, but some prefer the anonymity and privacy. With the exception of some local houses, large student gatherings tend to take place in Palm Court. Accordingly, the choice to leave campus is often the choice to leave the New College social pipeline.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
Houses on Bay Shore Road
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 17 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 29 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 17% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 17% 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 29 responses

  • 66% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 24% Somewhat helpful.
  • 7% Extremely helpful.
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