Off-Campus Housing

Orlando, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the student housing options are all low cost student housing that are built very quickly. The best option is to rent an actual house in one of the neighborhoods near the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Staying off campus is a lot cheaper than being on campus. Rooms are also more spacious. If you are a freshman, stay in the dorm your first year for the experience but then after that move off campus. Most apartment complexes aren't that far and have shuttles that take you to campus.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus but I have a couple close friends who do and they say it's about even in price with living on campus. It all depends on the complex and you really have to do your research into each place. No general statements can be given about living off-campus accept that you'll miss out on a lot of fun events.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: For the most part I like living off-campus, I am close enough to walk when I want to, but also have the convince of taking the bus.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are definitely some off campus housing properties that have their problems (Sterling and Northgate) while others (Knights Circle) are amazing. There are so many great amenities available to use at almost any time of day. Prices are reasonable for the space and amenities. There are many places off campus to live that have direct shuttles to campus. No having to pay for a city bus pass just to get to campus and end up stuck in traffic and late. Off campus housing is so much better than living on campus if you're not a freshman.


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  • 14th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Nathalie Desdunes
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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By a majority vote, living off campus isn't just the right way to go, it's the only way. UCF is a huge commuter school with most of its students living off campus in either apartments or houses. In and around the UCF area, it's easy to find what suits you and your budget. Many complexes are geared towards student housing and offer individual leases for each tenant. Apartments can offer you what dorms can't-your own washer and dryer, your own bedroom and bathroom, balconies, clubhouses, and many other amenities.

Apartments are conveniently located next to campus; some are as close as one mile away. Living off campus is convenient and more private. Off-campus living is very social; many students meet their friends through being neighbors and bumping into each other in their complexes. Off-campus living is strongly recommended.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
For Fall Semester, start looking during the preceding Spring Semester.
Popular Areas
Apartments within five miles of UCF’s main campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $810
  • 2 BR: $650
  • Studio: $480

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 964 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 954 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 34% 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 953 responses

  • 16% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Extremely helpful.
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