Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Good luck trying to find something right next to campus. If you do (I was lucky enough to), the apartments are often smaller and costs more to rent. However, when it is raining, snowing, and below -20F, I am not complaining. Apartments that are 10-20 minutes walking are often larger and cheaper, but are not as easily assessable during the day, such as when you have 1.5 hours in between classes. It is often cheaper to live off campus (costs me bout $1500 less a year) and you do not have to eat the worst dining hall food in the country. Numerous times last year, the dining halls were shut down for weeks due to safety/health concerns and the food is below subpar.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The incredible availability, variety, and affordability of off-campus housing makes it incredibly popular.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have an apartment, but it seems pretty easy to swing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are apartments available, but all the cheap ones are further from campus/may be in a dangerous area

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are off campus options for everyone who wants it, and those I know who are off campus enjoy it.

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  • 32nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liane Rousseau
Cincinnati, Ohio
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
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It’s not difficult to find off-campus housing in Hyde Park, and most people are out of the dorms by their second year. However, the options are dominated by MAC Apartments, and they are notoriously bad landlords. They are not very responsive to problems. Unless you are lucky enough to find an independent landlord (and they do exist), that’s the company you’re stuck with. The good news is that there is a variety of options available, from a one-bedroom to a six-bedroom, and they’re all over Hyde Park.

A lot of the great apartments are passed down from upperclassmen to underclassmen that they know. If you aren’t friends with upperclassmen who are leaving their apartment, it can be a little difficult to find the perfect place. However, there’s a MAC office right on campus that will help you find a good fit. Apartments are very affordable, and it’s cheaper to live off campus and go grocery shopping than to live in a dorm with a meal plan. In Hyde Park, you do get what you pay for when it comes to apartment buildings. If you want an incredibly nice apartment, you’ll want to look at the buildings on the lakefront. If you’re OK with a college apartment that has its quirks but is still livable, you can definitely find a place near campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of spring quarter
Popular Areas
  • 54th and Woodlawn
  • High-rise buildings on the lake
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 62 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 55% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 62 responses

  • 42% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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