Off-Campus Housing

Atlanta, GA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of options that are within walking distance of the AUC. Finding a roommate is super easy and the cost is almost always cheaper than room and board.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I personally have never lived off campus, until this year, but I have heard good reviews about off campus housing. A con would be transportation. If you do not own your own car, it can be difficult to get to school or get around town. We do have public transportation that you can utilize to get where you need to go. Most landlords are understanding especially if you choose to live in off campus student housing.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is not easy AT ALL to find housing around here. Either it is affordable and amongst a DANGEROUS neighborhood, or it is safe and EXTREMELY OVERPRICED (due to the fact that we are so close to downtown Atlanta).

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection at my school is fairly available and convenient.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It is pretty decent, not safe but decent.

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Candace Wheeler
Stone Mountain, GA
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Living off campus is an excellent option for students after their first year. Spelman cannot guarantee housing for upperclasswomen, so it helps when a certain percentage take the plunge and move off the grounds. As with restaurants, there are living accommodations in Atlanta to fit all tastes. There are loft-style apartments for one, two, and three people, two-bedroom townhouses, homes for rent, and boarding houses within walking distance of the school or a short drive away. Many students believe that living off campus saves money, though this can be debated. Some students live in posh downtown apartments, and when you add rent, utilities, gas, entertainment, and dining, you might find you are spending more. There is something to be said, however, for the freedom and responsibility you gain once off campus. Start your search early, as some of the more popular apartment complexes may have a waiting list. You have to make an extra effort once you are off campus to stay plugged in to the day-to-day activities, since, if you only have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the connection you have as a Spelmanite may start to fade. On the positive side, this will give you a chance to explore all that Atlanta has to offer. Balance is the key to a healthy and productive living situation while at Spelman. If you can achieve that off campus, then you should go for it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look is during the school year and early in the summer months. Many apartment complexes have move-in specials for the summer, but it is important to get an early start since many students are competing for off-campus housing that is near the Atlanta University Center.
Popular Areas
  • Camp Creek Parkway
  • Cascade
  • Castleberry Hill
  • Howell Mill area
  • Midtown
  • Piedmont Park area
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 4 BR: $1,200
Did You Know?
Many students that attend Spelman live in the Cascade area if they do not live within five minutes of the campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 43 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 42 responses

  • 7% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% 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.
  • 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 41 responses

  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 61% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Extremely helpful.
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