Off-Campus Housing

Slippery Rock, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$12,146 ($8,748)
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I think a majority of the off campus housing is very convenient and well kept.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived at The University Village for 3 years. Close to campus and pretty nice, and although things break maintenance is there to fix them

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are varies places to rent and live off campus. Generally the pricing is extremely cheap compared to the cost of living on campus. It's easy to find an apartment, though the affordable ones are not usually furnished, the quality of each is standard.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some places are reasonable but they are very nice.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You have so much of a variety of choices for off-campus housing. They also advertise the different options in a great way!


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  • 65th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liz Rekowski
Pittsburgh, PA
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There are plenty off-campus housing options in and around the Slippery Rock area. Most students rave about the freedom of off-campus living with the absence of Community Assistants (CAs) and dry campus restrictions. While the cost of living is much lower and students are not contracted to meal plans, the off-campus option has some drawbacks. Usually, if you want to go this route, you must find one or more roomies to join you, otherwise, you will be stuck living in off-campus dormitories like Towers or Summit. The housing market in Slippery Rock has been booming in recent years with the opening of several apartment complexes where students can choose to live in luxury. And, when compared to universities where open land is a rare commodity, the rural setting at SRU makes for some cheap rents compared to some schools in Pittsburgh. Many SRU students up the ante on rent to get a taste of luxury at The Heights, which opened in fall 2008, and The Ivy, which opened in fall 2007. There’s also Stone Crest Apartments, which opened in fall 2007. The South Rock Apartments are also a great option for students who want something a little more upscale. Students who don’t want to go the apartment route can split the rent on local houses. Many of are old with maintenance problems, but once in a while, you can find a great deal.

Some popular off-campus apartments include Campus Side, Pine Glen (Kiester), Martha Rose, and Cooper Street Apartments. All of these typical apartments are affordable—the more rent you pay per person, the better quality the apartment is. Campus Side students agree that the security and value of living is a great plus. Kiester Apartments are cheap but not very desirable. It seems that students commonly pay their security deposit and deface the property as they wish. One positive of the Kiester Apartments is there's always a party somewhere on weekends. There are a few important things to remember before signing a lease anywhere—some apartments are not furnished, some do not include utilities or water in the rent, and you should always check out a place before you sign away your hard-earned paycheck. You don’t always get what you pay for.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early! Apartment searches are very competitive. Some places, like The Ivy, offer special discounts and give-a-ways if you turn in an early deposit. Do your research to find the apartment that best suits your needs.
Popular Areas
  • Cooper Street
  • Pine Glen (Kiester)
  • South Rock Apartments
  • The Heights Apartments
  • The Ivy Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 3 BR: $1,000
Did You Know?
SRU's student housing has experienced a big boom in the past couple years. New apartment complexes have been popping up all over town. Most of these up-scale complexes allow students to live in beautiful housing for cheaper than the cost of the new residential suites on campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 57 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 55 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 40% 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 54 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Extremely helpful.
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