Off-Campus Housing

Dallas, TX
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on-campus, so I do not have an opinion on this subject.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The neighborhood is expensive, but you're in the best part of town.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not considered living off campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Every apartment or house I have visited has been more than decent. Living in an off campus apartment compared to the price of living in the dorms are not a huge price difference.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I wish they never made the new dorms


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  • 219th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Peter Goldschmidt
Jefferson City, MO
Financial Consulting
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Dallas has a vast selection of areas and complexes to live in, as well as a vast selection of price ranges. A large number of students choose to live off campus their sophomore through senior years, and their parents purchase condos or apartments for them. Living off campus has several benefits: freedom from RAs and rules, privacy, a real place to call `home,' and not having to answer to school officials in general. When the time comes to start looking for housing, students do not have to arduously look around Dallas. Most students consistently pick the same complexes every year, and many of them are located here in the Park Cities. There are townhouses, houses, and apartment complexes on every corner and side of the campus, all of which are reasonably priced and comfortable. Once you venture out onto the expressway towards the Downtown, Knox-Henderson, and McKinney areas, the price range skyrockets. Because Dallas is such an urban and chic city, the cost of living is a bit higher, especially around areas of high traffic and business. However, since SMU is located in a college-friendly atmosphere, affordable housing is not difficult to track down.

Many students that live nearby can still walk to class. On the other hand, the farther you go, the earlier you will have to wake up to drive to class and park. Parking is a hassle at this school, so you will have to wake up maybe an hour or so before your class time just to secure a spot on the top level of the garage. If you enjoy rolling out of bed 10 or 15 minutes before class, living off campus is not for you. Another bonus of living off campus is that other SMU students will most likely live around you, too.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Middle of second semester
Popular Areas
  • The Carlyle
  • The Gables
  • The Lofts at Mockingbird Station
  • The Palomar
  • The Phoenix
  • The Remington Signature Point
  • The Shelby
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,300
  • Studio: $700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 52 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 52 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% 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 51 responses

  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Extremely helpful.
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