Off-Campus Housing

West Lafayette, IN
Tuition (in-state)
$28,702 ($9,900)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's cheaper than living in the residence halls plus you have more freedom.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus and it is great

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of options - as long as you look early, you can find what you're looking for.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Convenience is ok and cost is reasonable, but the parking on campus for C permit is so limited and the citybus is not that frequent. Safety is acceptable at least in my community

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are fine, but they are very expensive and hard to get in to because they fill up so fast.

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  • 62nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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The University area has a huge amount of housing to offer. Apartment complexes are lucky to get 85 percent occupancy, which means housing sometimes becomes more affordable as fall semester approaches. However, most students will tell you that the best time to start looking for apartments is as soon as you decide to move off campus. Students who chose to live off campus are overwhelmingly happy with their decision. Off-campus housing at Purdue can mean an apartment that’s a five-minute walk to campus, and it is much cheaper than living in University residence halls.

Students may grumble slightly about the price of off campus living at Purdue, but the prices you will pay at West Lafayette are much lower than apartments at other colleges, especially with so many apartment complexes fighting each other for business. Also, since many apartments are within walking distance of campus, and shuttles run for free from campus to the major apartment complexes, a car is more of a luxury than a necessity. Purdue has provided a major housing boom for the city. Many old homes situated near campus buildings are bought by property managers and renovated into efficiencies. These types of housing options are usually the best, as the houses are newly re-modeled and available at a lesser price than a proper apartment building. It is fairly easy to find an apartment that suits your needs, as they are abundant.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
ASAP, or shortly after spring semester. The sooner you start looking, the better deal you are going to get.
Popular Areas
  • Blackbird Farms
  • Jefferson Commons
  • McCormick Place
  • River Walk
  • Willowbrook West
Average Rents
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 3 BR: $1,000
  • 4 BR: $1,150
Did You Know?
If you check out the downtown Lafayette Area, you will find housing that is much cheaper than in West Lafayette. Also, downtown Lafayette is not that far away from campus, and you can easily catch buses to get there.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 155 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 156 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 26% 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 155 responses

  • 27% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.
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