Off-Campus Housing

South Orange, NJ
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: off-campus residents have the great advantage of living on their own with a close proximity to the school.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I hate living off-campus and I wish that I stayed on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: As a commuter I am not very familiar with off-campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is good but the downside is that parking on campus is a hassle and time consuming process

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is MUCH cheaper than living on campus and many people decide to move off campus after their freshman/sophomore years. Housing is easy to find and usually pretty cheap.


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  • 629th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Mehok
Pittsburgh, PA
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Living off campus can save you money, and you are no longer under the long arm of Residence Life. Ever since the Boland Hall Fire a few years ago, the dorms are strict with guest policies and appliances. If you live in Boland, you are not supposed to be in another building past two in the morning. You cannot have a candle, extension cord, empty liquor bottle (even if it is decorated), or a toaster. You also have to walk in past a guard if you come in after hours. If you are in your rooms after hours, do not consider making any noise since the resident assistants roaming the floors will check your room out.

I personally lived in Boland and Xavier Halls, then moved to an off-campus house for a year, and now I am in an apartment. I made the move so I could have a car, since at Seton Hall, unless you are a senior, you are not allowed to park on campus. Living in a house is an amazing experience, but it takes discipline. I spent many hours in the library to keep my grades up. Housing is relatively easy to find in South Orange if you look early in the spring. Once May hits, if you have not found anywhere to live, you are pretty much stuck living in a dorm, which is not altogether awful, but good luck finding some privacy.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should look for apartments at the beginning of spring semester, probably as soon as January or February. By the time the summer rolls around, most of the apartments around campus are already secured for the next academic year.
Popular Areas
  • Crescent Park
  • Grove Terrace
  • Seton Court
  • South Orange Ave.
  • South Orange Towers
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 4 BR: $2,750
  • Studio: $900
Did You Know?
  • Many local apartments buildings are rented entirely to Seton Hall students, especially on South Orange Avenue.
  • Even while commuting, students still have access to on-campus facilities, including the gym and library.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 58 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 57 responses

  • 7% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% 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 57 responses

  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 47% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Extremely helpful.
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