Off-Campus Housing

Saratoga Springs, NY
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Off-Campus Housing: I haven't look for or lived off -campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students must live on campus there first two years. After, students can either live in the apartments on campus or seek off campus housing. Since there are many on campus options that are more convenient, I don't intend to move off campus, but there are plenty of options. Most parties happen off campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus apartments are great to live in.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I dont know much about it

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Frustrating but Rewarding – Skidmore has an "Off campus housing drawing" that rising juniors and seniors can participate in. A group of people or individuals can apply and depending on the lottery number they have (housing lottery numbers are assigned arbitrarily every year) they will usually be approved to live in a house or apartment off campus. While it is relatively easy to gain approval to live off campus due to a limited number of on campus houses and dorms, the Skidmore administration provides almost no help in assisting students with the process of finding an off-campus house to lease. I am living off campus this upcoming semester and look forward to the increased freedoms that come with not living in a dorm, but the whole process of finding a house and organizing a lease with the landlord was very stressful and time consuming. Another benefit of living off-campus is that rent is generally cheaper than living on campus.


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  • 762nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caroline Wurtzel
Great Neck, NY
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
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Approximately 15 percent of Skidmore students live off campus. So, off-campus housing is not as popular at Skidmore as it is at other colleges. This can be attributed to the two on-campus apartment villages that allow upperclassmen to live in apartments and still be on campus, protected by the Office of Residential Life. However, for students who do choose to live off campus, the price can be cheaper than living in Scribner or Northwoods. There are many options for off-campus housing; it is not very difficult to find a house to live in off campus that is in close proximity to school. It is certainly helpful to have a car if you're living off campus, but it's not required if you live near a bus stop. The off-campus housing ranges from studio apartments to full-sized houses.

Students must register with Res Life if they are living off-campus. Residential Life can help, minimally, with your search for off-campus housing. Additionally, you must be a junior or senior to live off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
The spring semester before you plan to move for the fall
Popular Areas
  • Anywhere close to downtown/campus
  • Church Street
  • State Street
  • The Algonquin on Broadway
  • Woodlawn Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $995
  • 3 BR: $1,400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 25 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 26 responses

  • 12% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 54% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% 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 26 responses

  • 46% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 46% Somewhat helpful.
  • 8% Extremely helpful.
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