Off-Campus Housing

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very difficult to find housing for a decent price, with a reliable landlord.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Peers are very helpful in helping you find off-campus housing; however, I have chosen to stay on campus for convenience in getting to my classes and labs.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus this year. It's safe and convinient. The cost here is not very expansive and parking is good.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is kind of isolated from others.

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College Freshman

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


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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 40 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 42 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 43 responses

  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 44% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 21% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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