Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, I am a commuter, but I do know the deal with off-campus housing because many of my close friends live off-campus. There is a great availability but it comes with many costs and I do not mean money. Rutgers University is located in New Brunswick/Piscataway. New Brunswick has a high amount of crime especially towards vulnerable college students. There is a lot of theft and armed robberies that occur on the streets and in actual off-campus housing areas. In addition, the closer you live to College Avenue (majority of off-campus housing) the more expensive and unpractical the costs become, mostly because of the convenience. The landlords are quite unprofessional and take advantage of the students who do not have experience with renting homes, they often try to save every penny and leave the house in the poor condition that they were left in by previous renters. Safety, as I mentioned before, is not that great, however, there are many police cars that roam around but definitely not as much as there should be. Police are more worried about college kids throwing parties and underage drinking, which I understand is illegal, but they should be more concerned about people who do not attend Rutgers University who have a tendency to rob students and their houses. There have been cases of Rutgers students being shot a few times in my two years of attending this school. I believe that safety is definitely an issue for off-campus housing students. The best solution to this would be to live on-campus but many students do not want to do that due to cost and the restriction the university places on students.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is not easy to find, especially if you are looking to find a house that is safe and near campus. Also, it is the students' responsibility to keep the house clean. Crime can also occur in off-campus housing zones.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are houses available but they are not that clean sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus housing options available, but from what I have heard, the landlords could be a pain when it comes to renting the house. The quality of the houses tend to hit rock-bottom. But it is definitely cheaper than living on-campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing, but the further out you go, the less safe the area becomes.


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  • 324th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Ardsley, NY
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Many students at Rutgers choose to live off campus after their freshman year. Primarily, they want a place they can live at during the summer and winter breaks, as well as a single room, private bathrooms, and a place to party without the watchful eyes of the RAs. There is a large surplus of housing available off campus, but it is always safe to start looking early in the second semester. The cleanest apartments and houses tend to get taken first. The longer you wait on your quest for an off-campus house, the grosser it may be. The best way to find a great off-campus house or apartment is to become friends with seniors who are graduating.

However, students who choose to live off campus have to deal with the security issues that come along with it. It is safer to live on campus where the residence halls are locked, unless a student opens the door with their student ID. Room and board fees also pay for maintenance problems making life a little bit easier and safer. Off-campus houses do not always have secure doors and windows, and landlords aren’t always quick to fix them—or the other things in the house that may break. Also, on-campus housing supplies you with a fast Ethernet connection, a desk, bed, and other amenities, and off-campus housing supplies you with an empty house.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Easton Avenue
  • Hamilton Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $950
  • 3 BR: $1,220
  • 4BR: $1,620

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 205 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 205 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% 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 205 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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