Off-Campus Housing

Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Undergrads
30,038
Tuition (in-state)
$23,676 ($10,356)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Next year i am living in off-campus housing and the landlord and quality of the house is brilliant.

2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and difficult to find.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus, but students seem to enjoy the off campus experience.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is a hit or miss. You can get a really she apartment but it would be a very long walk to campus, which can be dangerous. Some streets are more dangerous than others it's mostly a matter of luck and connections to get a good off campus house

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't looked into off-campus housing, but a lot of students seem to enjoy it. Most off-campus housing is within walking distance of campus or fairly close to a campus bus stop.

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  • 324th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Hometown
Ardsley, NY
Major
English
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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
53%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$16,693
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 193 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 193 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 17% 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 193 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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