Off-Campus Housing

Erie, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home with my parents to save money. Cheaper than living on campus or an apartment off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live in UGates, or now Hudson Lofts that was just put up.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is pretty good. Houses or apartments

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Thye just built a new apartment complex that is off campus. From the rumors I am hearing it is beautiful.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You pretty much have two options. Proximity, but with great cost, or distance, but with average cost.

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  • 295th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Johnston
Pittsburgh, Pa.
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The most popular place to live off campus is University Gates Apartments (UGates). These apartments are very nice and are right across the street from campus, so students can either walk or drive to classes. UGates apartments include free parking, and you can get a unit with either shared or private bedrooms. Living room and bedroom furniture is also provided. These apartments tend to be nicer than the on-campus apartments, and UGates is in the process of adding more three- and four-bedroom apartments, which are even nicer. UGates does tend to get very loud on weekends and the units are not very soundproof, which bothers some people more than others. The Office of Student Activities offers a very helpful list of off-campus housing available in the Erie community and provides details and contact information for many different houses and apartments.

UGates is really the best option for most students, but keep in mind that there is constant snow in Erie, which can make getting to campus a little tough at times. Also, be sure to sign up early because UGates apartments go very fast. And don't get excited if you get put on the waiting list because it's still difficult to get an apartment. They will ask for a deposit and tell you where you stand on the waiting list, but they do not mention that you can actually move DOWN on the list if people who lived there previously and did not re-sign their lease decide they want to return. Also, if you don't get an apartment, be sure to ask for your deposit back since UGates will not do so unless you ask. People who don't mind driving in the snow may find a better deal farther from campus, but the drive will be no picnic. Overall, living off campus is not difficult to do at Behrend, and many students think it is the way to go.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
If you want to live in UGates, you should probably start looking in the beginning or middle of fall semester for the following year. If you want any other off-campus housing, the beginning of spring semester is fine.
Popular Areas
University Gate Apartments (UGate)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $410
  • 2 BR: $515

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 26 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 26 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 73% 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 25 responses

  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 36% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Extremely helpful.
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