Off-Campus Housing

Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: it is a bit pricey. many apartments are run down.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of options all varying in price. Many are very close to campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school literally has a sight with approved apartments that are safe!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We have the option of living at our own houses, gated communities, and apartments. The fact that we have so many choices to make on our own in terms of where you live is fantastic!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They look nice on the outside at least

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  • 50th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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Finding off-campus housing is easy. There are many apartment complexes and houses located within walking distance of campus. Most are located right behind the Strip, so students can walk to class and the bars, restaurants, and grocery store. Off-campus housing can be close to the price of living on campus if you look in the right places. However, watch out for companies that try to take advantage of students. Living off campus has its ups and downs. It gives students individual time and more freedom to do whatever they please. However, this freedom costs money. There are many places that have low rent, but it's the utilities that end up costing the most.

The University Downs is a popular apartment complex and is fairly inexpensive, but it's not the closest to campus. Students have to wake up earlier for class since traffic can be hectic, but most don't mind because the freedom makes up for it. The University also owns some apartments that are located next to the stadium. But don't wait too late to find your dream house because the good ones are taken fast in Tuscaloosa. If off-campus living is what you choose, be prepared to leave early for class, unless you live close enough to walk.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
  • Preston Place
  • The University Downs
  • University Commons
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $950
  • 4 BR: $1,200
  • Studio: $350

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 134 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 134 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 38% 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 134 responses

  • 8% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 46% Extremely helpful.
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