Off-Campus Housing

Riverside, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some off-campus housing is close to campus, but is inconvenient. The housing lack parking and safety.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived at two separate off campus housing in which both were over priced.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I ended up living at the UV Towers. Cost=expensive as hell and you are obligated to lease for 9-12 months. Frankly, the 9 months isn't worth it. Better to pay the extra $200 for 12 months for your money worth. Parking, safety, convenience is a plus here because there are trolley or were trolley cars that travel between both the apartment and campus. There are other off campus apartments available and I believe it is cheaper to live off than on. The further from campus, the cheaper. The cheapest I found when I was there was $500/mo with own room but shared bath and kitchen. You have to be careful with these housing because they are in a semi-dangerous area - i.e. quiet. So safety is definitely a question you want to ask yourself when you are looking for affordability and distance.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and have not looked into off campus housing very much

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus apartments are close to the campus, shopping and transportation but there aren't many available and they are quite pricy.


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  • 73rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
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Off-campus apartments are typically less expensive and feature greater vacancies than their on-campus counterparts. The farther away from campus, the cheaper the lodgings, but staying close allows for opportunities like easy walking/cycling distance or faster bus routes.

Most off-campus housing facilities are relatively decent, but a few are indeed dilapidated and old. The crime rate isn't the lowest, either, especially farther downtown. When looking for a place to live, exchanging information with other students or alumni is the best way to learn about living options around campus, like the best and worst places along with the best and worst deals. The minimum necessity for management is to stay in business and on the right side of the law, and actually caring for tenants can fall to the wayside. Overall, it's recommended to be on the lookout for the right place and keep an open mind toward friends' and acquaintances' opinions.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students interested in living in a house should wait until July or August. Students who want to live in the more conventional off-campus apartments should start looking in April or May.
Popular Areas
  • Box Springs
  • Canyon Crest
  • Grand Marc
  • Sterling Palms
  • UV Towers
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $900
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • 4 BR: $2,000
Did You Know?
  • The Riverside Police Department strictly enforces all parking regulations. Make sure ample legal parking exists at your housing unit.
  • Off-campus students are expected to adhere to the University's code of student conduct.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 121 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 121 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% 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.
  • 28% 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 120 responses

  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Extremely helpful.
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