On-campus housing for upperclassmen is restricted to three buildings on campus. As a result, a large number of upperclassmen move off campus after their freshman year. However, this is not a big issue because the University owns a large amount of property surrounding campus and rents it out to students—there are usually four people per house. Other than houses, University Village and University Park apartments are available to students, and they offer shuttle service between the apartments and the main campus. There are also apartment complexes and housing establishments a few miles from campus, though students do need a car in order to live there. While rent is certainly more expensive than living on campus, there is plenty of space available, and the University holds a renters fair every spring to alert students to available spaces.
Most students live off campus after their freshman year, and only about a quarter of the total student body lives on campus. Most students are able to find housing within a couple of miles of the main campus. Making this housing choice offers students more independence and a look into "real world" living. For students who stay on campus, the major draw is the meal plan and the ability to sleep a little more without worrying about being late to classes. On the whole, off-campus housing is extremely popular and widely available at SU.