Off-Campus Housing

Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
3,791
Tuition
$42,206
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Fun but some houses are meh and a bit dangerous

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any experience w/off-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Senior year and sometimes Junior year, students choose to live off campus. The houses that people tend to live in are DIRECTLY across the street from campus. The rent on these houses is cheaper than living in an on-campus apartment and there are five major streets that the houses are on, so availability is not an issue. The house parties are held at these houses, so it's very easy to walk to and from back to campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not experienced off-campus housing my self, but the houses are pretty gross, but very close to campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I chose not to live off-campus because the area surrounding the college is a little sketchy. People do live in houses, however, and really enjoy the experience.

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  • 330th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Hometown
Groton, CT
Major
English/Business
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If you’re looking for a smoother transition to post-college life, off-campus housing may be the choice for you. But there are downfalls. While all the houses are on the streets immediately surrounding campus, migrating to campus in the bitter cold may take a little more motivation. Renting an off-campus house may seem like a rule-free college experience, but it comes equipped with its own set of worries, including bills, landlords, and housemates, and some of the houses are poorly maintained, while others are newly renovated. Pinehurst, Oakland, and Pembroke are some popular off-campus streets and usually play host to late-night and ticket parties.

The college now requires students to get permission before they can move off campus, and freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. If you decide to move off campus, the Office of Off-Campus Living makes finding a livable space much easier by providing listings of available spaces, cooperative landlords, and people searching for housemates. Living off campus isn’t for everyone, but those responsible enough to handle the bills and walking to campus seem to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
22%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,650
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of 1st semester junior year. Many of the houses on Eaton St. are "snagged" by students during the fall of their sophomore year for senior year
Popular Areas
  • Eaton St.
  • Oakland
  • Pembroke
  • Pinehurst
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $950
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,400
  • 4 BR: $1,500
  • House: $1,600
  • Studio: $900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 23 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 24 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 25% 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 23 responses

  • 13% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 35% Extremely helpful.

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