Off-Campus Housing

Philadelphia, PA
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived outside campus yet but my responses are according to older people that have told me about their experiences, living outside of campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Pros of off-campus housing is by far the best because Philadelphia is a cheap city and the rent isn't going to be out of this world but the con is that you do have to GET to school. Parking isn't good so try your best not to bring your car unless it's an absolute necessity.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You will have a lot of options around SJU, either houses or APTs. Prices vary, average is around $900-$1100 for a one bedroom.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of different choices that are all really close to campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: As a junior and senior you have the option to move off of campus in to a house or apartment. Most kids move into houses with their friends. The houses are directly behind campus and are in walking distance of the school. Also people live in Manayunk which is a 10 minute care drive away. The university however does have on campus housing for juniors and seniors


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  • 240th
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Tom Acox
Central Jersey
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Some juniors are staying on campus thanks to the new buildings and townhouses, which free up a lot more off-campus apartments. Living in an off-campus house can be tough because so many in the area are large and require many roommates, which brings the added stress of sharing a kitchen and one or two bathrooms with multiple people. Students need to make the decision whether the added space, freedom, and potential fun of an off-campus house is worth it. On the other hand, apartment life is generally cheaper and you usually have to pay fewer utilities.

St. Joe's is helpful in its own way by holding housing fairs and posting a bulletin board of available places, people looking for roommates, and other assorted announcements. In the housing office, there is a color-coded map that shows areas around St. Joe's that the University has deemed safe and unsafe for students to live. The Housing Office has the students' best interests in mind, but recently the office has done a lot more policing of students than assisting them with finding housing. It's becoming increasingly difficult to live off campus, yet close to campus. The key to finding a good place is to check out the neighborhood and the landlord's background. Also, talk to people who lived in the complex or area. Students are always the best and most honest judges.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
As soon as possible
Popular Areas
  • 63rd Street
  • Manayunk
  • Overbrook Farms
  • Presidential
Average Rents
  • Studio: $625
  • 1 BR: $690
  • 2 BR: $875

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 43 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 44 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 27% 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 43 responses

  • 23% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Extremely helpful.
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