Off-Campus Housing

Location
Radford, VA
Undergrads
8,023
Tuition (in-state)
$20,160 ($8,590)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is expensive off campus

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different reality companies around here. Many of them are alright, but some I feel look for reasons to charge sometimes. There seems to be an average amount of availability. Once leases are starting to end and apartments are being shown, they go really fast. Many of the freshman on campus are looking for an off-campus apartment which causes them to go fast. Costs vary with the type of apartment but most are affordable. It's pretty safe walking around the neighborhoods and to campus. Parking is always a hassle in Radford, whether it be on or off campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great options for off campus. Between being pet friendly, costly, location, all differ but they all offer something for everyone. All of them are located very close to campus as well so it is great for students to move off campus and gain their independence.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus at Radford. I live in Blacksburg and commute to Radford.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all the apartments around here are really nice. They tend to run from $480 to $500 a month for the really nice, new ones. I'm living in Greenhill next year and my boyfriend lives there now and it's definitely a great place to live. The rooms are huge and it's only a short walking distance to campus. It's $500 a month per person for a two bedroom but they have up to four bedroom apartments in the complex and those run cheaper per person. Other great places to live are the apartments above 7-11 and Benny's which are even closer to campus. They run about the same as Greenhill. If you're looking for a cheap apartment, there are some on dark side (you'll find out where that is when you come and tour) that start around $300 a month. They're still nice and pretty close to campus but they're older. I's really easy to get the apartment of your choice but you need to start looking in the Fall if you're interested in off-campus housing for the following year. I'm going into my sophomore year and I signed my lease for Greenhill back in late September/ early October as a freshmen.

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  • 78th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kerith Rae
Hometown
South Africa
Major
Business Management/Public Relations
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Housing around Radford's campus is decent in quality and affordability. There are hundreds of options available from a multitude of realty companies, and many of them are within two or three blocks from campus. There are townhomes, apartments, and houses available in a variety of room combinations. Most off-campus housing ranges from $300 to $400 in rent and around $80 in utilities. The average college student can survive on $150 a month for food, not counting alcohol, so the total cost of living off campus is usually between $700 to $1,000 cheaper than living on campus. The majority of off-campus housing contains laundry facilities, either within the homes or apartments themselves or within the complex, for a fee. All realty companies offer a repair service.

The average off-campus apartment is old and thoroughly used, so it is important for students to know the policies of their realtors when it comes to repainting and replacement carpeting prior to the start of the lease. While most student housing is within two or three blocks from the campus, certain apartment complexes are a mile or two away. For students who choose to live in Hunters Ridge, the RU Transit is a convenient option for getting to and from campus. The complex has an agreement with the school, so there is no need for students living there to commute.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
63%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
3%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,498
Best Time to Look for a Place
As soon as possible. The earlier you start looking, the easier it is to find a place. Off-campus housing is incredibly popular, and the good places go very quickly.
Popular Areas
Two or three blocks from the school
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $600
  • 3 BR: $900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 45 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 45 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 2% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 56% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 42% 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 45 responses

  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Extremely helpful.
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