Off-Campus Housing

Raleigh, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have always lived on campus and I have heard the best of both worlds, so I couldn't tell you much from experience.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Mostly old apartments and townhomes that are overpriced, but a couple of people could get together and find a really nice place for the money.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, but I have friends off campus, and they really like it. Supposedly you can get a place much cheaper if you look. I'm considering moving off campus Junior year.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are several different options, but cost could be an issue for some.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are ok. Great city.

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  • 181st
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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Off-campus housing is more convenient than ever now. There are even some complexes owned by the University, like Wolf Village. The dilemmas of living off campus have been minimized, as many places now offer transportation to campus. Apartment complexes like University House and Wolf Creek have their own bus system which shuttles students to main campus. This service is beneficial because it eliminates the cost of a parking pass, but most importantly, it rids those students of parking stress. Living off campus also gives students their own living space-and the lack of privacy is by far the number one drawback of living on campus. Most complexes are nice, and if there is not a shuttle available, students can often find a place in walking distance of the Wolfline, like Kensington Park. Once again, this helps avoiding a significant dip in their bank account, and leaves stress for homework. A major inconvenience of living off campus, though, is finding places for visitors to park. Most complexes are strict about displaying the car's parking permit. Visitor spots are available, but it seems like there are never enough on the weekends or on game days. Towing companies usually prominently post their number for your convenience, and you can call them and get directions to where your car is. Yes, you have to go to them, and you usually have to pay $100 cash up front in order to get the car back.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Summer before the fall semester or right after spring graduation
Popular Areas
  • College Inn
  • University House
  • University Suites
  • University Woods
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $700
  • Studio: $250

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 90 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 91 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 74% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% 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 91 responses

  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Extremely helpful.
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