Off-Campus Housing

Houston, TX
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Off-Campus Housing: I have no experience with off-campus housing. I'll be moving in to the dorms this year.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i don't know anything about off campus living

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is in a beautiful area.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The residential colleges don't have enough space for everyone, so people get kicked off. Each college makes the decision as to who gets kicked off, but at my college it's the sophomores who get kicked off. A lot of people move back on campus after that.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not really sure. I live on campus so I haven't had to deal with it


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  • 1019th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Many students attempt to stay on campus for their entire time at Rice because Rice’s social life is so focused on campus and within the college system. Some students feel that living off campus (referred to as "OC" or "deep OC," depending on where you live) cuts them off from their old social circles, making it hard for them to keep up with their friends or make new friends. Other students feel quite the opposite, seeing off-campus living as a breath of fresh air and a break from the monotony of campus living, the college system, the same social hangouts and activities, and the same parties. They have found off-campus life to be a very positive experience, and feel that it has widened their social circle and helped them to get out and explore Houston. 

As for the housing selections off campus, there is a huge variety to choose from, including actual houses, apartments, townhouses, garage apartments, and studio apartments. The area around Rice is the nicest in Houston. A range of prices are available, and apartments can be found very near to campus (a must if you will not have a car), as well as farther away. The online off-campus housing guide published every year is a very helpful resource to see what is currently available, and if you start looking early (a few months in advance), you should not have any problem finding a place to your liking.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
August or September
Popular Areas
  • Hermann Park
  • Inner Loop
  • Main Street
  • Med Center
  • Off of Greenbriar Street
  • University Place
  • West University Place
Average Rents
  • Studio: $588
  • 1 BR: $676
  • 2 BR: $863
  • House: $1,185

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 37 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 41 responses

  • 20% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 17% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 44% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% 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 40 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.
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