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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I dont have any personal experiences with this, however, it is a city very close to New York City, so housing is going to be expensive, small, with bad parking and it might be hard to get.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The freedom of living off campus is wonderful. It's great to have exposure to "real life" situations like the process of getting a lease.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is not affordable for students and if it is affordable it is not in the best parts of an area or it is not close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus so I don't know the details. The vast majority of students live on campus and there are plenty of great living options for upperclassmen. As a freshman you will probably live in a typical dorm-style situation, but there are some really nice houses with full kitchens and your own space so that it doesn't really feel like a college campus.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The problem with off-campus housing is that Sarah Lawrence College is sandwiched between two towns: Bronxville and Yonkers. The apartments in Bronxville are beautiful and conveniently located, but they're expensive. The apartments in Yonkers aren't as aesthetically pleasing and they're a much farther distance from campus, but they're significantly cheaper. Though there are some off-campus apartments that are both cheap and conveniently located, only a select few students ever get housing there. In the end, your best bet is typically to live on-campus. But if you want to live off-campus and have the drive to make it work, it's certainly doable.


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  • 1049th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Jess Unger
Lovettsville, VA
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The major attraction of living off campus at any college is the chance to have your own room. But at SLC, getting a single is easy after your sophomore year. Students can stay on campus and enjoy all the privacy of an off-campus apartment without the hassle of transportation, bills, landlords, and isolation.

That being said, some students do relocate off campus after their freshman year. This is a popular move amongst transfer students who may not feel well-connected to the SLC community. Renting a room in Mount Vernon is undoubtedly more serene than sharing a kitchen counter with seven sloppy kids in Slonim Woods. In an off-campus apartment, you won’t be subject to SLC’s security guard invasions, but you may have neighbors who are less than tolerant of hearing Wavves blasted at odd hours of the night. If you’re considering living off campus, get in touch with SLC Housing for advice and area listings. Check the Internet and make some cold calls to get rates. Off-campus housing is not always cheaper than living on campus when transportation, food, and entertainment costs are factored in. If you’re going to drive from your apartment to campus, you’re going to need to buy a parking permit; if you’re coming from the city, you’ll need to pre-order bulk train tickets. Finally, ask yourself if you’re willing to sacrifice the tumultuous and often gratifying once-in-a-lifetime experience of living in a college dormitory.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester or even as early as late winter
Popular Areas
  • Mount Vernon
  • New Rochelle
  • White Plains
  • Yonkers
Average Rents
  • Studio: $900
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $2,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 23 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 22% Somewhat helpful.
  • 70% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 24 responses

  • 12% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 38% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 46% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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