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University housing only houses about 40 percent of students on campus. While the University is expanding student housing availability, it will take several years for many of the new dorms to be constructed. Though student housing is the most affordable in the region, many students choose to live in off-campus housing so they are free from several of the restrictions made via student housing contracts. Keep in mind that off-campus housing does not necessarily mean the house is physically "off campus." There are many residences available physically on campus, but simply not run by Student Housing and Hospitality Services. Residence areas such as University MarketPlace (The Village) or Wesbrook Village are all very popular selections on campus but considered "off-campus" housing. Keep in mind, though, that the rent can be as high as C$1,500 per month, not including utilities.
Although the quality and furnishing of these extremely expensive houses do reflect their value, the main reason for such escalated pricing is due to the lack of land within the University Endowment Lands. For cheaper alternatives with regards to housing, some students also choose to live outside of the University, where housing prices are drastically reduced the farther away from campus you go. However, transit can be a bit of a hassle during peak hours from places too far away from the University.