Off-Campus Housing

Location
Altoona, PA
Undergrads
3,660
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Branch Campus Of
Penn State
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm living in a dorm so none of these apply to me

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Safety is an issue because of Altoona's ongoing drug problem and those associated with it.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus right next to the college

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It really depends on where you live and who your landlord is. I've been lucky with my landlords, they've been pretty nice, and I've gotten a decent price!

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It depends on where you go but the larger student apartment complexes are loud and security rarely does much to resolve issues. They're close to campus though and definitely within walking distances. Landlords are either non-existent or unhelpful in resolving many issues. Most places off campus have adequate parking. I have had my car keyed in one of the parking lots however.

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    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bridgetta Parker
Hometown
Dumfries, Va.
Major
English
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With the population of the campus growing like it is, on-campus housing will become harder and harder to obtain, so more students will probably look to living off campus. The off-campus housing options range from complexes specifically for students like Nittany Pointe, College Park Apartments, Pennview, and Wehnwood Court to houses that students can rent with a big group of friends. However, the availability of convenient off-campus housing is always a problem, and the majority of places are houses farther away from campus than most students can comfortably walk.

The leases for the off-campus apartments are usually nine-months long, but many complexes have a summer option. The cost for housing ranges from $250 a month, not including utilities, to $400 a month with some utilities. Most places around campus are fairly priced but the farther away from campus, the more expensive the housing gets. This price jump is due to the fact that most of these places are a bit apprehensive about renting to younger people.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
78%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,702
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to start looking for housing is between the fall and spring semesters.
Popular Areas
  • College Park Apartments
  • Nittany Pointe
  • Wehnwood Court
Average Rents
  • 1BR: $450
  • 2 BR: $700
Did You Know?
  • At Wehnwood Court, there is a section that is exclusively for girls called "The Female Dorm." Up to six girls can live here-only two have to share a room while the other four get their own rooms. It is one of the cheapest deals you can get.
  • Most of the apartment complexes are based on occupancy (single, double, etc.) and the leases are individual, so you are only responsible for paying for yourself and won't have to worry if your roommate is late with rent. The average rent prices listed in this section are the total rent, not per-person.

Student Polls

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

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% 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

  • 14% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Extremely helpful.
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