Off-Campus Housing

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Undergrads
2,643
Tuition
$43,114
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live on campus for all 4 years.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in Northampton is ridiculously over priced. If you're dying to get off campus, check out Easthampton (though you will need a car).

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not so many students are actually permitted to live off-campus (Not Allowed for Freshman). Once you become a sophomore, you can apply to live off-campus but the process will be LONG AND FRUSTRATING! However, if you are lucky enough to get the permission and able to find a house than life becomes much better.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You have to have a very good reason (or sometimes just be a senior) to be allowed to live off campus. Practically everyone lives on campus and Northampton is a bit pricey, so it's rarely worth it to even try to move off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of people live on campus due to the houses, but when people live off campus its pretty chill.

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  • 1357th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Hometown
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Major
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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The College discourages students from living off campus because it sees residential life as an integral part of the Smith experience, and the majority of Smithies live on campus all four years. However, the off-campus population is growing and includes local students who choose to live at home during their time at Smith, as well as a number who have been granted permission to live off campus because of special circumstances. Off-campus status is usually granted by a lottery to traditional-aged students, usually seniors, who have lived in campus houses for at least two years and have a legitimate reason to live off campus.

However, it seems like Smith students rarely want to live off campus because rent can be really steep. It is also difficult to find apartment buildings close to campus, so having a car is integral to making living off campus possible. A cheaper option is to rent rooms in private residences. However, this does not really work for students looking for more privacy by moving off campus. Students looking for more independent, private living options usually elect to live in Friedman, which are on-campus apartments. These house four students each and have a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and three or four bedrooms.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
6%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Best Time to Look for a Place
There is no specific time-things open up all the time.
Popular Areas
  • Deerfield
  • Florence
  • Northampton
Average Rents
  • Studio: $650
  • 1 BR: $860
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 3 BR: $1,300

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

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  • 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 44 responses

  • 57% Not very helpful.
  • 27% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 11% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 43 responses

  • 58% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 26% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 9% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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