Off-Campus Housing

Location
Athens, OH
Undergrads
16,862
Tuition (in-state)
$19,246 ($10,282)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet looked into off-campus housing so I do not know much about it, but I have been in a couple of houses and apartments and the quality varies a lot. I have been in a few that were very nice, and others that were very run-down and unkept.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I heard most places are pretty reasonable, distance from school may get a little far for a walk.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: it seems a bit pricy to me, but if you look hard enough you can definitely find great places at good deals

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Off-Campus Housing: As a current freshman I have not been exposed to off-campus housing.

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Off-Campus Housing: I have not had to deal with off-campus housing yet but from what I hear, you have to apply almost two years in advanced to get a decent place other wise you end up paying an obscene amount of money for a cracker jack box.

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  • 124th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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Ahh, off-campus housing. Finally, you can have your own keg party, cook your own meals, sleep in a real bed, and most importantly to OU students, have a porch! But, with the newfound freedom comes bills, bugs, bats, and, most dreaded of all, Athens landlords. Some landlords treat their tenants with respect and courtesy (like L'Hereux), but others are just plain lousy, ignoring maintenance problems and even being downright mean to tenants. The best way to avoid a nasty landlord or house is to ask current tenants about the living conditions. Also, make sure to ask the rental companies about move-in/out dates and times, which have been known to cause a lot of stress for students (one rental company requires tenants to be completely moved out of their house only three hours after they graduate).

The houses on campus are generally nice, although rent can be a little steep, especially the closer you get to Court Street. But, another great option for students is apartment complexes like University Courtyard and Riverpark. While UC is a good distance from campus, buses transport students to and from the apartments, and the living conditions and amenities are awesome (computer access, a gym, a pool). Make sure to take these into consideration when looking for a house. Most importantly, as all students attest, start the search early. Off-campus housing can be an absolute blast, just make sure to do your homework to avoid an uncomfortable living situation.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
56%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,048
Best Time to Look for a Place
The beginning of spring quarter (for the following fall move-in) is the best time to look. Places rent out fast, so check the ads as soon as a full quarter before you want to move.
Popular Areas
  • Congress Street
  • Court Street
  • Mill Street
  • Palmer Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,050
  • 2 BR: $1,110

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 94 responses

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  • 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 94 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% 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 94 responses

  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Extremely helpful.
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