Off-Campus Housing

Location
Cincinnati, OH
Undergrads
19,667
Tuition (in-state)
$25,816 ($10,784)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Just like any college town, off-campus housing isn't luxurious but it's decent. I will be living off campus in a house with 3 other girls next year and I can't wait for the experience! On campus housing (dorms/apt.) can get extremely pricey and they are very sneaky about pulling you into a lease that is hard to get out of or find a sublease for the summer if you plan to go back home. I felt extremely safe in my apartment but the cost was awful. I had to pay extra to park and it was very pricey too.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I only live on campus, because of the easy access to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is great. Closer to campus with availability to lots of restaurants, shops, public buses/school shuttles, sometimes parking is next to impossible and one has to circle around for awhile in order to find parking if you do not want to use the paid meters or paid parking garages. It is safe with the off-campus housing but with every school, there are usually minor thefts, etc.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live near campus so I have no idea what the real situation would be.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is fairly expensive, but it is cheaper then a dorm and you have more freedom.

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  • 111st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Kellerman
Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major
Journalism/Spanish minor
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If you want to be in touch with the University community but don't want to live in a dorm your entire college career, off-campus housing is right for you. The apartments around campus are what you would expect: a little rundown but sufficient for the price you pay. In most cases, the neighborhoods around UC are full of college students, so it can sometimes be hard to study if your housemates or neighbors are the partying type. Parties tend to get a little rowdy at the beginning and end of the school year and on certain holidays such as St. Patty's, Halloween, and Cinco de Mayo. The best part about off-campus housing is there are so many options for places to live. It's also a great opportunity to make friends, and you're still close enough to UC to get involved on campus. It can be hard to meet people if you are only on campus for classes.

The downside to living off campus is security—or lack thereof. At night, the streets surrounding UC can be a scary area, and it's best not to walk alone when you are more susceptible to being mugged or attacked, which is not all that uncommon here. However, if you utilize the shuttle and safety services provided by the University or walk with a buddy, it's not so scary.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
81%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
26%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,054
Best Time to Look for a Place
Most students start arranging their housing in June, when leases from the previous academic year are over. For the best rates and apartments, it's better to get an apartment early, but there are still options open throughout the school year for transfer students or students who start later in the academic year.
Popular Areas
  • Ohio Avenue and its side streets
  • Streets off West Clifton Avenue
Average Rents
  • Studio: $430
  • 1 BR: $520
  • 2 BR: $740
  • 3 BR: $805
  • 4 BR: $1,220

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 135 responses

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  • 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 131 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.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% 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 130 responses

  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Extremely helpful.
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