Off-Campus Housing

Location
Huntsville, TX
Undergrads
12,968
Tuition (in-state)
$15,032 ($6,608)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The rent on this town is pretty cheap, but some of the older apartments are not well kept. Usually all the utilities, or most of them are included with the rent.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartment I am staying at is great, but you have to be careful. Some apartments are not good at all

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I commute to graduate school. Also, this college has satellite campuses.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of housing on campus and it is very easy to work with student living on any problems.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: This school has a pretty wide selection of off campus housing to choose from compared to other schools in the region. They're nice for the most part however you may have your occasional roommate you might not get along with.

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  • 31st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hometown
Hanau, Germany
Major
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
2013
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One of the best features of Sam Houston State is the amount of quality off-campus housing. There are tons of apartments, townhomes, and houses available to students that are both near and far from campus. It seems like every year new apartments are built, and the quality and luxury of each improves, setting a higher bar for the next new group. The houses available off campus are much older than the apartments in the area, but they are still satisfactory and very reasonably priced. Finding off-campus housing is fairly simple since there are so many places from which to choose.

Freshmen are required to live on campus, and other underclassmen tend to reside in the dorms, while many upperclassmen live in apartments and houses off campus. The extra freedom and reasonable prices offer a great incentive to live off campus, which explains why many older students go this route. Some places are near campus and within walking distance, while others are a bit farther away, but most students live within about three miles from campus. Overall, the variety, quality, availability, and affordability of the off-campus housing choices are very satisfactory to students at SHSU.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
78%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
17%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,608
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for a place is probably at the beginning of summer. Most leases are year-long, so when summer comes, many leases are expiring, and lots of students are moving out at this time. It's recommended to start your lease in May or June as opposed to August or September, so you won't end up paying rent for the summer months when you may be at home. Looking early also ensures more options for housing.
Popular Areas
Most of the houses that students live in tend to be on the east side of town, near Highway 19. Most apartments are also near this area, closer to Lake Road and past Bowers. While some apartments near campus are popular, the most popular are those farther away from campus.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $435
  • 2 BR: $525
  • Townhouse: $400
Did You Know?
In general, the rent for houses tends to be lower than rent for apartments, but houses do not offer as many amenities or services.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 129 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
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  • 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 127 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 61% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 33% 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 126 responses

  • 21% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 44% Somewhat helpful.
  • 35% Extremely helpful.
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