Off-Campus Housing

Location
Troy, NY
Undergrads
1,461
Tuition
$28,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet. This will be my first year.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I lived on campus my four years in undergrad. Now that I am at graduate school, at the same school, I am living at home and commuting. There are some off campus housing available, but not many that are affordable for most college students, unless you find a few roommates.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Of course you can go into Troy and find your own apartment, however Russell Sage doesn't help much and they actually frown up students wanting to live off campus.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is no off-campus housing provided through Sage.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing buildings available. They are usually very close to campus and it is quite convenient. Parking may be a pain since there are few parking spots depending on where you stay and street cleaning can eliminate parking spots easily. Campus is very safe but there is always the issue of safety when you live off of campus; especially in a city.

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  • 1166th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Foley
Hometown
Troy, New York
Major
Nutrition Science
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It is not hard to find off-campus housing at all. Most of the available off-campus housing sites are found within the surrounding blocks of campus. Upperclassmen are the likeliest group of students to stay off campus, as the College does not offer any off-campus complexes to higher-year students. Students will need to find their own apartment or place to live, which means they will not be paying the College to live there.

Even though some upperclassmen stay off campus, the majority of upperclassmen at Sage tends to stay on campus because all full-time undergraduate students are required to live in campus residence halls. Students either need to get special permission to live off campus or they need to be part-time students. Some of the perks to staying on campus include not fighting commuter parking, worrying less about safety, and not paying rent. The quality of off-campus housing is decent in the blocks around campus, but anything else is generally not high-quality at all. Off-campus housing is widely available during the summer and during the first few weeks of school. The nice housing complexes can become limited if people are satisfied with where they are staying. Off-campus housing is generally affordable if students decide to room with other students and split the cost; the price can range from $200 to $350 per month. Mostly, the College is easily accessible to students who choose to live off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
49%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
12%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$7,000
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should start their off-campus housing search in the summer or at the very beginning of the fall semester. Many off-campus housing residences are available beginning in the summertime, and it is hard to find a place once winter starts. Also, the prices usually decrease when summer comes around because people know that students from Sage will be looking at the off-campus housing areas.
Popular Areas
  • First Street
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and its surrounding streets (8th Street, Sage Avenue, 15th Street)
  • Second Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $800
  • 4 or 5 BR: $1,500
  • House : $969

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 20 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

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 21 responses

  • 19% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% 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 23 responses

  • 57% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 26% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.
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