Off-Campus Housing

Santa Clara, CA
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Places get taken up quickly and it's unorganized.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know personally but I have heard of how expensive it is to live at the school

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people move off campus their junior year. You have to secure a house a year in advance though.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many places to live off campus if you're looking for that. Landlords can be difficult, but it depends on where you live. Dark side (north of campus) is easier to find places and usually cheaper, but light side (south of campus) is where the real action happens. It's relatively safe all over campus, but common sense is obviously advised. It's totally fine to live on campus all four years, but the majority of people move off after sophomore year, and it's a lot of fun either way.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think are some students who can inform others on off-campus housing. There is probably information in the admissions office.


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  • 194th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
English and French
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Most juniors and seniors choose to move off campus, as most housing options are close to campus (between one and three blocks away) and provide more freedom than campus housing. Living off campus costs roughly the same as living on campus, which is far from cheap. Rent prices are outrageous; it's impossible to find a room off campus for less than $500 a month without living in someone's closet. But despite the hefty cost, many students appreciate the added freedom and liberation from dorm policies and campus dining plans.

The quality of off-campus housing options varies drastically—though range in quality doesn't necessarily indicate range in price. You may very well pay the same rent for a house that's close to being condemned as you would for a luxury apartment with access to a pool and spa. The houses closest to campus (literally half a block to a block away) are usually in the worst conditions and cost the most to rent; however, these are the most popular for students looking to live on the lively "light side" of campus. Organizing off-campus housing can be stressful depending on what you're looking for. Apartments located further off campus are pretty easy to come by, but if you and your friends are looking to move in to a house across the street from campus, be prepared to compete with several other groups.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of fall/beginning of winter quarter
Popular Areas
  • Students looking to live somewhere quieter usually choose to live in the Park Central and Domicilio apartment complexes or in houses on the "dark side" of campus.
  • The "light side" of campus, particularly Bellomy and Lafayette streets, are popular for students who are looking to live in a fun, lively atmosphere.
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,000
  • 1 BR: $1,200
  • 2 BR: $2,000
  • 3 BR: $3,000
  • 4 BR: $3,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 64 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 64 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 73% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% 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 64 responses

  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Extremely helpful.
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