Off-Campus Housing

Location
Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews

{{ error }}
close
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You can find a variety of apartments and lofts/studios to live in. The quality depends on the area, mainly.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a great variety of off-campus housing options. Ohio State even offers legal services to go over housing contracts with students to ensure they know what is expected of them and so they do not get ripped off. In terms of cost, off-campus housing is considerably cheaper than on campus housing. However, parking is quite limited since Ohio State is located in a city. Off-campus housing is also patrolled by both city and local police.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Slightly expensive, but it is expected in a large city.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Either a house or an apartment off campus, and then it's all slums or overpriced as f***. People get raped and mugged monthly, and there was even a person who was found murdered and dumped in a dumpster outside a CVS a block from my apartment which I can no longer afford since they raised the price another $100 a month. Slums for me I guess. Stay at home and commute if you can.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living by yourself can get pricey, but if you know how to budget you should be fine.

{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 187th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
View all previous student authors

Off-campus housing is highly recommended at OSU, but only after at least one year of campus life. It's almost expected that you'll move off campus eventually-the biggest question is when. Having your own place shouldn't cost any more than living in the dorms, and if you do it right, you can actually be paying less. Prices vary drastically depending on what you want, however. Planning early is the best idea, no matter what type of housing you seek-start looking after winter break, at the very latest. Pick roommates early (if applicable), and start looking at what's available. Wait too long, and you'll find yourself out of options and facing another year in the dorms. After you're done with freshman year in the residence halls, you have a better idea what campus life is like. Students recommend getting a quad with your best friends on South Campus as an alternative to moving into an apartment-at least for the second year. If you do move off campus quickly, try to live somewhere close. The number of people you meet plummets when you move out of the residence halls, so try to make as many friends as possible while you're in the dorms; you might be glad to have those connections later on.

Be sure that you're ready to pay your own bills, buy your own food, deal with neighbors (sans RA), and handle many other responsibilities before you decide to get your own place. If in doubt, check out the off-campus housing Web site and pick up a copy of the OSU renting guide. Most realtors in the area are also friendly, and they're quick to help students find housing and work through whatever problems may arise.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
76%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,182
Best Time to Look for a Place
Fall and winter quarter. The earlier, the better.
Popular Areas
  • 15th Avenue
  • Chittenden Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $525
  • Studio: $375

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 187 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 187 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 18% 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 186 responses

  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 23% Extremely helpful.
4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!