Off-Campus Housing

Princeton, NJ
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Underclassmen are not allowed to live off campus. I do not know of any upperclassmen who live off campus. Most people stay on campus as undergrads.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Very few people live off campus & I'm unaware about the particulars of what it's like.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus; there are good facilities and locations for upperclassmen

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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: No one lives off-campus at Princeton, unless for some reason you've been kicked out of campus housing. In that casem there are a number of apartment units nearby, but they are normally somewhat expensive.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Options – The offcampus housing is a great option for upperclassmen at Princeton.


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  • 1339th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen McCarthy
Mahwah, N.J.
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Students cannot elect to live off campus until junior year, so most students grow accustomed to the daily housekeeping service in communal dorm areas, particularly bathrooms and hallways, during their freshman and sophomore years. Because Princeton is such an affluent town, particularly in the areas surrounding the campus, off-campus housing is not financially feasible to the majority of the undergraduate population.

To find an affordable option, students would need access to a car, which is still problematic, because parking near the academic buildings is close to non-existent. Once students find off-campus housing, they would have to install necessary features that are provided in on-campus housing, such as Ethernet, and then they would have to cope with the utter isolation of living off-campus. Basically, it is not worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Princeton
  • Princeton Junction
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,570
  • Studio: $825

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 17 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 17 responses

  • 71% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 6% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% 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 17 responses

  • 65% Not very helpful.
  • 18% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 12% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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