Off-Campus Housing

Rochester, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$23,873 ($10,230)
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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: i live in my own house 20min from campus.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The University provides no help with off campus housing. If you want to live off campus, you're on your own. You better hope you have your own car to get there, for there isn't any decent public transportation. The costs aren't really that affordable for the average college student, especially if you want to live alone, it's near impossible to find a place affordable. The town is pretty residential, not suitable for cheap college living.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never looked off campus to live somewhere. From my friends point of view though it is expensive. It's Rochester so apartments and condos are high. Auburn Hills housing options are a little better but not by much.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Oakland just recently built off-campus housing for students. I don't know if there are students living in the housing yet or not.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty expensive to live alone, but better with a roommate. You have to apply early to ensure that you have a spot. There is a high demand for apartments.

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  • 466th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Edmondson
Oak Park
Grad Year
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There are many available off-campus housing options for those not wanting to live in the dorms. Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Auburn Hills are all close to Oakland and give you a variety of housing options. Roommates are always a plus to help pay the rent. You might find it more affordable to get a two-bedroom apartment instead of a one-bedroom place and split the cost.

Pontiac is always an option for housing, but don't be fooled: some places may look like a steal during the day, but when night comes, you may see why certain apartments are priced so low. Many bad neighborhoods make Pontiac a place that is sometimes better to stay away from—unless you know the area. One other thing: you must be aware of budgets and what is included when looking at apartments. Cable, water, heat, and air conditioning might not be included in the price, so budget for those amenities ahead of time.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The spring and summer are good times because many people are giving up their apartments to take the summer off. But there are some pros to waiting closer to the fall semester: more people might be putting ads up for roommates.
Popular Areas
Downtown Rochester is the most popular because it is close to Oakland and is in a prime spot for restaurants and bars.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 65 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 64 responses

  • 6% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% 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 63 responses

  • 46% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 8% Extremely helpful.
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