Off-Campus Housing

New Brunswick, NJ
Tuition (in-state)
$23,676 ($10,356)
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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.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places to choose from but with such a large student body, the amount of places becomes offset and therefore more limited

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus and I don't know what life would be like if I did.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I dont live off campus

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I commuted from home, so I cannot comment on this.


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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 203 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 202 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% 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 202 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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